Members of staff of the Ilorin Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, who are yet to collect their COVID-19 vaccine, were on Monday, December 13, 2021 refused access to the office premises along GRA, Ilorin.
The step was taken in compliance with the directive by the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, which mandated all Federal Civil Servants to be vaccinated or have evidence of negative PCR test for COVID-19, effective from Dec. 1, 2021 in order to access government offices.
To this end, the Chairman, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, had directed that the Federal Government’s directive be complied with, in all the Commands of the Commission, including its Head Office, Abuja.
Leading the enforcement of the order at the Ilorin Zonal Command of the EFCC today, the Deputy Zonal Commander of the Command, ACE II Atinuke Akinroyeje, was at Command’s barrier (gate) as early as seven O’ Clock in the morning to disallow yet-to-be vaccinated staff, while allowing only those who were able to provide evidence of vaccination access into the premises.
Addressing staff on the reason for the enforcement, Akinroyeje said the step was taken to ensure that staff of the Commission were safe and were vaccinated against corona virus diseases, following reports on the emergence of new variant of COVID-19 otherwise known as Omicron.
While displaying her COVID-19 vaccine card, Akinroyeje enjoined other staff that have not been vaccinated to visit the nearest designated health center and get themselves vaccinated against the deadly corona virus diseases noting that, “the vaccine is safe and effective”.
She added that, “henceforth only staff who are able to provide their COVID-19 vaccine cards will be allowed to enter office”.
Akinroyeje also warned staff not to hide under the order to run from work unduly, adding that attendance and punctuality at work by staff would be strictly monitored. She warned that, “absence from work without leave is a serious misconduct and will be met with appropriate sanction”.