Nigeria’s Federal Government has directed all civil servants under its payroll to take the COVID-19 vaccine before December 1, 2021.
This was announced by the Chairman, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, during a briefing on Wednesday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
He said, “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 our Missions.
“An appropriate service-wide advisory/circular will be issued to guide the process,” the SGF said.
Mustapha also revealed that South Africa, Brazil, and Turkey have been removed from the list of countries with restrictions for travelers coming into Nigeria as a result of the pandemic.
He explained that the decision was reached as an aftermath of an emergency meeting held before the briefing.
The SGF also commended the United Kingdom for reviewing its travel protocols by allowing fully vaccinated Nigerian travelers into the country without the need to self-isolate.
“Over several months, four countries were placed on high-level restriction for travellers from such countries,” the SGF said. “The PSC has after a review of the developments in these countries, decided to remove South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil from the restricted list.
“As you are aware, the UK 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.”
Mustapha charged Nigerians to be wary of the forthcoming Salah and Christmas celebrations, as there would be increased passenger traffic in and out of the country and possible large gatherings.
He also called on states across the federation to be more vigilant, saying the Presidential Steering Committee would escalate surveillance in no distant time.