It was a gloomy Monday for many staff of FCTA/ FCDA as the Administration in the early hours of Monday commenced the COVID 19 enforcement of barring unvaccinated staff and visitors from accessing its premises.
At the entrance of all FCTA/ FCDA Secretariats, Departments and Agencies, the combined team of Security men were stationed in strategic entry points to ensure that no one without the vaccination cards enter into the offices.
Some staff who were barred from entering through the FCT Minister’s gate, FCDA, Art and Culture gate at Area Ten, Water Board offices among others, described the enforcement of “No Vaccination No Entry” of FCTA as unacceptable.
Two staff who pleaded anonymity while speaking to Kapital FM, argued that there was no need forcing staff to take the vaccine, when the likes of FCT Minister and others that faithfully took their COVID 19 jabs, still contacted the virus.
While some merely described it as trampling on staff’s right, others went for their first Jab at the vaccination point opposite the FCT Minister’s gate, after standing for hours without gaining access, while those bent on not taking the Jab left for their homes.
Reacting, the Executive Secretary FCT Primary Health Care Board , Dr Iwot Ndaeyo said the enforcement was targeted at vaccinating more people with a view to minimising the spread of the virus.
Dr Ndaeyo said the move was in tandem with Government’s mandate to protect lives of the citizens .
Special Assistant to the FCT Minister on Monitoring, Inspection and Enforcement, Comrade Ikharo Attah appealed to all FCTA staff to get vaccinated and go about with their vaccination card to make screening easier for enforcement officers.
Comrade Attah maintained that his team would sustain the enforcement tempo throughout the month to ensure maximum compliance.
The FCTA Enforcement team also visited AEPB, UBEB , FCT Hospital Management Board, FCT Pension, and FCT Primary Health Care Board in Area 3 and Development Control in Zone 6, to ascertain the level of compliance on the part of staff.
By Remi Johnson