Workers in Edo State public and Civil service without evidence of COVID-19 vaccination were on Wednesday restricted from accessing public facilities, large gatherings in the State including Edo State Government House in Benin City.
Recall that the Coordinator of Edo State Vigilante Network, Mr. Haruna Yusuf said, 20 trained special forces in line with the directive of the State governor, Godwin Obaseki to begin the enforcement of no evidence of vaccination, no entry into public gatherings and public with effect from second week of September 2021.
The State by Special Constabulary on Covid-19 vaccination who manned the entrance gates, conducted screening across Government offices and Government offices at the State Secretariat Building on Sapele road in Oredo Local Government Area of the State on Wednesday morning.
The Secretariat building, which houses many ministries including ministry of environment, budget, Health Local Government and Community Affairs, Physical planning, Women Affairs and Gender issues among others..
Checks by our Correspondent revealed that unvaccinated workers and other private individuals who could not provide evidence of vaccination not allowed the public facilities.
The enforcement were also on ground at the Oredo Local Government Council Secretariat in Benin City, Edo State Capital.
A Civil servant, who didn’t want to be mentioned in print, said the state government should not force them to take the vaccine as there are speculations regarding its safety.
“For me, I don’t intend to take the vaccine. How can he drive us back because of the vaccine. I just have to be patient and everything will return to normal soon.
Another employee who sat on the floor, said she wasn’t employed by the present administration and “if they continue to prevent people from performing their duty, I will rather stay at home than take the vaccine.
Addressing journalists in Benin City, Irowa said some of the measures is the scanning of the QR Code to confirm proof of inoculation against the Coronavirus, adding that if it doesn’t match, then it will be investigated.
Irowa, who said they have independent monitors on ground, noted that they have mapped out plans to ensure it is difficult for persons who received a card without being vaccinated to access public spaces.
The permanent Secretary further said that the State government is doing its best to scale up vaccination exercise so as to get to remote areas.
According to him, the approach is to help us shorten the duration of the pandemic and return to normal life in the not too distant future.
Ebomwonyi Osagie, head of the state’s COVID-19 case management, said over the past 24 hours, it has recorded 63 new cases and one death.