Some workers were on Wednesday prevented from getting to their offices as the Edo State Government began enforcement of the ‘no vaccination card, no access to its facilities’ rules.
The new rule is to check the increasing rates of COVID-19 infection and related deaths in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent in Benin, who visited the state secretariat and the Government House, reported that police constabularies were drafted to enforce the policy.
A civil servant in the state, John Osagioduwa, said he was not aware of the directive.
According to him, the proper thing was for the government to issue a circular to various Ministries, Departments and Agencies to inform civil servants of the directive.
Mr Osagioduwa said although he was vaccinated, he didn’t come with the vaccination card and had to go home and come back to work on Thursday.
A construction company worker, Felix Omende, said it would not benefit the government to chase away all the people from work.
“So, how can you save lives with drugs alone without food? When palliatives were being shared, the prominent once looted them to their houses and we the poor were left suffering and dying,” he argued.
A former media aide to Governor Godwin Obaseki, Crusoe Osagie, who was also barred, said he forgot his vaccination card at home.
“The governor’s directives have taken effect from today, and I am just coming to the office but forgot my vaccination card, I have been refused entry because I forgot my card at home.
“I am going home to get my card to access Government House.
“The enforcement and restrictions have started with government offices and institutions today.
“And if workers go back home to get their cards and come back to work late or not at all, I am sure there will be concessions for them by their directors.
“It’s not compulsory to be vaccinated, but they need the vaccination card to access government offices,” Mr Osagie said.
Commenting on the exercise, the Head of COVID-19 Enforcement Team in Edo, Yusuf Haruna, said the enforcement showed government’s commitment to the protection of lives in the state.
The Edo State Government’s action is in violation of a restraining order from a Federal High Court, Port Harcourt.
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