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The Federal Government has gotten tougher with implementing COVID-19 vaccination directives by extending it to visitors to of Ministries, departments and Agencies of the government in Abuja.

Recall FELLOW PRESS reported that December 1 was set as deadline for Federal staffs to be vaccinated, the enforcement now extends to visitors.

The Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, had in October said civil servants without proof of vaccination and negative coronavirus tests would not be allowed to enter their offices as from December 1, 2021. On Wednesday last week, security agents started barring unvaccinated civil servants from government buildings.

On Tuesday, the Federal Government went a step further in enforcing its compulsory vaccination order when it stopped contractors, journalists and other regular visitors from entering various ministries in the Federal Capital Territory. Responding to a question on whether the restriction of unvaccinated workers ought to be extended to journalists and others, the Head of Technical Secretariat, Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Mukhtar Muhammad, simply said, “it is not out of order.”

With over 10 federal ministries located in the Federal Secretariat complex and the Office of the Civil Service of the Federation.

The ministries located at the secretariat include The Ministry of Labour and Employment, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Information and Culture, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Special Duties, the Ministry of Aviation, the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Police Affairs and the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy.

Also affected were agencies at the Federal Capital Development Authority, including the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

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