The Federal governments on Tuesday got tougher with the enforcement of their directives on compulsory COVID-19 vaccination. The federal government, which on December 1 disallowed unvaccinated civil servants from accessing their offices, on Tuesday barred visitors that were not vaccinated from government buildings in Abuja.

The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, had in October said civil servants without proof of vaccination and negative coronavirus tests would not be allowed to enter their offices as from December 1, 2021. On Wednesday last week, security agents started barring unvaccinated civil servants from government buildings.

On Tuesday, the Federal Government went a step further in enforcing its compulsory vaccination order when it stopped contractors, journalists, and other regular visitors from entering various ministries in the Federal Capital Territory. Responding to a question on whether the restriction of unvaccinated workers ought to be extended to journalists and others, the Head of Technical Secretariat, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Mukhtar Muhammad, simply said, “it is not out of order.”

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