With effect from 1st December, 2021, Federal Government employees shall be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices, in all locations within Nigeria and Missions.
This decision was announced by the Presidential Steering committe，headed by Mr.Mustapha Boss during a national briefing on Wednesday in Abuja on covid-19.
According to him，it is part of government measure to continue to safeguide the health of its citizens across all levels adding that appropriate service wide advisory/circular will be issued to guide the process.
He lamented that statistics generated over the last four weeks on testing have shown that the trend of infection going down in some states while in others, the trajectory is upward with combined total for testing by PCR and RDT now stands at about 3.141, 795 million persons.
Speaking further on some key developments，Boss Mustapaha added that though the Aviation authorities in collaboration with the diplomatic sector have made reasonable progress in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs，discussions are still on-going with the UAE Authorities to resolve the impasse with the Hon Minister of Aviation presenting the position of African countries on Vaccine Passport which some economic blocks and countries wish to impose, for travel purposes. ”This is because African countries have found it difficult to access the vaccines for their citizens in sufficient number.
He also announced that the United Kingdom has eased restrictions on fully vaccinated travelers from Nigeria to the UK with effect from 11th October. ”Nigeria welcomes this development and assures that the PSC shall continue to review Nigeria’s protocols based on global developments, science and national experience. A revised protocol will be issued in the next 24 hours.
He however urge States and Nigerians to increase their level of vigilance and take measure to moderate activities as governmnet prepares to escalate surveillance and other control activities especially on two major religious festivities (Salah and Christmas) are approaching due to increased passenger traffic in and out of the country as well as large gatherings due to the event.