– The federal government says punishment awaits those flouting COVID-19 guidelines
– The warning by the government was specifically targeted at VIPs and government officials
– The government recently punished the names of some defaulters in the media
The federal government has said there will be repercussions for Very Important Personalities (VIPs) and government officials who flout travel protocols as Nigeria battles the second wave of coronavirus.
The warning was issued by the national coordinator of the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19, Dr. Sani Aliyu, who declared that the authorities will clamp down on officials for failing to obey travel protocols including undergoing compulsory COVID-19 tests after returning to the country.
He made the comment in a video posted on the Twitter page of the federal ministry of information and culture.
“We want to change people’s behaviour. We’ve shown that we are going to do it. We have done it and we will continue to do it every week until things change. It is not like we want to punish people but if you continue to put our country at risk, we will take action.
“So, whether you are a VIP, whether you are a government official, whether you are in a leadership position, if you do not follow the travel protocols, there will be repercussions.”
Meanwhile, no fewer than 737 members from the National Youth Service Corps Batch B have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
Chairman of the PTF on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, made the disclosure on Tuesday, January 5, adding that the cases were recorded from all states across the country.
In a related development, former vice-chancellor of the University of Lagos, Professor Oye Ibidapo-Obe, has died of COVID-19 complications.
Professor Ibidapo-Obe was, until his death, the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Council of First Technical University, Ibadan.
Similarly, Professor Durojaiye Ajeyalemi, a former dean of Students’ Affairs of UNILAG, has died of COVID-19 complications.
Ajeyalemi, until his demise on Wednesday, January 6, was a professor of Curriculum Studies at the university.
To stem the tide, the Nigerian government has disclosed that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines are expected to arrive in the country at the end of January 2021.
Faisal Shuaib, the head of Nigeria’s National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) disclosed that the federal government plans to use the vaccines to inoculate 40% of the population in 2021 and a further 30% in 2022.
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