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Federal Government Rolls Out Sanctions For Unvaccinated Workers

The Federal Govwrnment is taking strict action against its workers who have refused to get vaccinated agants COVID-19.

Beginning from December 1, 2021 any Federal government workers yet to be vaccinated will not be allowed to the government owned facilities.

This is contained in the remarks of the Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 on Wednesday.

It added that the entry requirement to those facilities are either the COVID-19 certificate or test showing negative result which must have been conducted within 72 hours to the time of presentation.

The Chairman was elated to reveal that although the rate of infection is reducing, but the nation cannot afford to be complacent.

“Statistics generated over the last four weeks on testing have shown that the trend of infection is going down in some states while in others, the trajectory is upward. The combined total for testing by PCR and RDT now stands at about 3,141,795 million persons,” he said.

The Committee also advised states governments to be on alert and put measures in place to curtail the spread of COVID-19 especially as two major festivals that can attract large gatherings approaches.

Below is the statement of the steering Committee

REMARKS OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PRESIDENTIAL STEERING COMMITTEE ON COVID -19 AT THE NATIONAL BRIEFING ON WEDNESDAY 13TH OCTOBER, 2021
I welcome you to the National briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 for the 13th October, 2021.

Today’s briefing, coming after an emergency meeting, will update Nigerians on some key developments.

The briefing today will therefore be focusing on updates from the NCDC, Countries on the restriction list, our relationship with the UAE on Emirates and the vaccines mandate.
Statistics generated over the last four weeks on testing have shown that the trend of infection is going down in some states while in others, the trajectory is upward. The combined total for testing by PCR and RDT now stands at about 3.141,795 million persons.
The Aviation authorities in collaboration with the diplomatic sector have made reasonable progress in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Discussions are still on-going with the UAE Authorities to resolve the impasse. The Hon Minister of Aviation today, presented the position of African countries on Vaccine Passport which some economic blocks and countries wish to impose, for travel purposes. This is because African countries have found it difficult to access the vaccines for their citizens in sufficient number.
Over several months, four countries were placed on high level restriction for travelers from such countries. The PSC has after a review of the developments in these countries, decided to remove South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil from the restricted list.
As you are aware, the UK has eased restrictions on fully vaccinated travelers from Nigeria to the UK with effect from 11th October. Nigeria welcomes this development and assures that the PSC shall continue to review Nigeria’s protocols based on global developments, science and national experience. A revised protocol will be issued in the next 24 hours.
With effect from 1st December, 2021, Federal Government employees shall be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices, in all locations within Nigeria and our Missions. An appropriate service wide advisory/circular will be issued to guide the process.
The PSC wishes to put Nigerians on notice that two major religious festivities (Salah and Christmas) are approaching and we shall be experiencing increased passenger traffic in and out of the country. Similarly, events of large gatherings are likely to hold. While the PSC prepares to escalate surveillance and other control activities, we urge the States and all Nigerians to also increase their vigilance and take measure to moderate activities.

I thank you for your patience. The PSC shall be elaborating on all these at our next regular briefing.

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