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COVID-19: FCTA denies unvaccinated civil servants, visitors access to offices

Ikharo Attah

The Federal Capital Territory Administration began enforcement of no vaccination no entry into the Area 11 Garki Secretariat on Monday.

According to The News Agency of Nigeria reports, the implementation team and security men manned the entrance of the secretariat as early as 7:00am.

Many staff and visitors were being turned back as observed by the NAN correspondent who monitored the enforcement exercise.

Some persons were seen at the entrance gates grumbling and begging to gain access.

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Speaking to newsmen, the Senior Special Assistant on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement to the FCT Minister, Ikharo Attah, stated that the enforcement would be sustained to ensure maximum compliance.

He also said there was no going back on enforcement of the directive, adding that pictures of vaccination cards on phones and photocopies would not be accepted.

Attah further said that an enforcement team had been deployed at the premises of the FCTA, secretariats and departments to monitor compliance.

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He said, “We will be following up seriously on this and we have also warned people not to snap their card on the phone as we want to see the original card, don’t show us vaccination card on the phone

“We will be asking for identity cards and we would match the cards with your COVID-19 vaccination card so that you don’t bring someone else’s card as your own.”

“The enforcement team went round some of the agencies of FCTA which includes, the Abuja Environmental Protection Board, Social Development Secretariat and FCT Universal Basic Education Board,” NAN reports.

Others are FCT Water Board, Secondary Education Board, FCT Primary Health Care Board, Public Health Department, Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Agency and FCT Area Council Staff Pension Board.

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Recall that on Tuesday, January 11, The FCTA had said it would stop workers from accessing their offices from January 17 if they are unable to show proof of their vaccination against COVID-19.

This was announced in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to FCT Minister on Media and Strategic Communication, Malam Abubakar Sani.

Sani explained that the warning is contained in a circular signed by the FCTA Permanent Secretary, Olusade Adesola.

 Source: PUNCH

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