CoronavirusEdo Prohibits Unvaccinated Civil Servants From Entering Government Offices

BENIN — The Edo state government has said unvaccinated civil servants will be denied entry into government offices from Wednesday.

Osamwonyi Irowa, permanent secretary, Edo ministry of health disclosed this on Tuesday.

He stated that only those with the Covid-19 vaccination card will be allowed access to government facilities.

Irowa asserted that this is the first phase of its enforcement of restrictions on large public gatherings for persons without evidence of COVID-19 vaccination.

“If you have to enter the state secretariat and other government offices, you must have your vaccination cards.

“The first phase of the enforcement, which begins tomorrow, September 15, is targeted at state government facilities.

“Those that cannot provide their COVID-19 vaccination cards may have to excuse us and be working from home, pending when a decision will be reached. As a state, we are doing everything possible to make sure that people don’t get infected.

“We are appealing to our people to get vaccinated because that is the more suitable way to prevent the severity of the disease and avoid death. The enforcement teams will commence tomorrow to help us reduce the number of cases and deaths that we are recording daily,” he said.

In a similar vein, Yusuf Haruna, head of the COVID-19 enforcement team, explained that 20 special teams have been trained to enforce the mandate of the state government.

He noted that the government is responsible for protecting the lives and properties of the citizens.

“As we all know, the government has the responsibility of protecting the lives and property of citizens. In view of this, we have trained 20 special teams that will be spread across the 18 local government areas of the state.

“They will commence this enforcement from the 15th of September, 2021. What we expect our people to do is that, while going to work, they should go with their vaccination cards. The government is not forcing anybody to take the vaccines, but it has the responsibility to tell you not to spread the virus,” he said.

He explained that only those with authentic vaccination cards will be allowed access to their government working places. While those without the cards would have to work from home.

Beloved John (Staff Writer)

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