By John Ikani
The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced that it is working to make COVID-19 vaccination compulsory, starting with employees in the public service.
Secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha disclosed this on Thursday while speaking at a meeting of the health commissioners forum iin Abuja,
According to him, federal civil servants are representatives of the government and could be assigned to represent the government sometimes, hence they need to be vaccinated.
“Well, the vaccine mandate will come. The world is gravitating towards that direction. I can tell you by the time western world vaccinates its people, you can’t get into any of the western countries without the vaccine certificate. So, its better we begin to prepare our people at home,” Mustapha said.
He also said that the government will make the vaccine available before imposing the mandate.
Mr. Mustapha also said that the government was building oxygen plants across Nigeria.
He also urged the Commissioners to provide extensive leadership in their states.
He also noted that Nigeria has been experiencing an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, but assured that Nigeria will successfully tend the tide of the third wave of Covid-19.
“It is time to cease the opportunity of Covid-19 to reposition the health sector because after Covid-19, the sector will not get the attention it is getting,” he said.