12 March 2021 by Remi Johnson
FCT Minister of State, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, has called on graded chiefs to support government’s efforts in the sensitization of residents to take the COVID-19 vaccination seriously.
The minister made the call at an emergency meeting with traditional rulers in Abuja.
She however explained that the administration would not force any resident to take the vaccine, but stressed that the vaccination certificate has become a required travel document.
Aliyu, used the occasion to commend President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo for demonstrating exemplary leadership by taking their jabs, noting that the vaccination is not a death sentence as being speculated in some quarters.
She stated that the Area Councils in conjunction with the FCT Primary Healthcare Board had concluded plans to flag off the vaccination at the Area Council next week.
“As we are all aware, Mr. President has taken his jab and the Vice President too has taken. But we are also mindful that we are not going to lord it over anybody or force it down on anyone’s throat.” She said
She however, commended the traditional rulers for taking responsibility in difficult issues such as the current vaccination, noting that most prominent Nigerians either shy away from discussions or fail to take responsibility.
In his contributions, Chairman FCT Traditional Council of Chiefs and the Ona of Abaji, HRM Dr. Adamu Baba Yunusa, commended the present FCT Administration for inclusive governance, while calling on the Area Council Chairmen to emulate the ministers.
The monarch assured the minister that her message would be taken to the various chiefdoms for effective communication.