Imad Solih joins NDA as CEO with promise of reforms

NDA's CEO Imad Solih speaks to the press on October 20, 2022. (Sun Photo/Mohamed Hayyan)

Imad Solih has joined the National Drug Agency (NDA) as its new CEO, with the promise of rolling out much needed reforms.

Imad’s appointment was announced in a press conference Thursday afternoon.

Speaking at the press conference, Imad said he takes on his new role with the goal of tackling Maldives’ greatest national crisis.

“With major structural changes, NDA is now on the track, with Allah’s grace, to provide positive results to the people,” he said.

Imad said he believes a positive solution can be found to the scourge of drugs through unified efforts.

“I am here to resolve an issue that is plaguing the entire world. This is not the responsibility of NDA alone. This is something we all need to work on, together,” he said.

Speaking at the press conference, NDA’s Chairperson, Deputy Health Minister Shamau Shareef said the agency appointed its new CEO following interviews after posting vacancy announcements twice.

The second vacancy announcement was posted after an increase in the pay, after the first announcement failed to garner enough support.

Shamau said Imad was selected following assessments of 12 candidates.