The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), on Monday, commenced the enforcement of Covid-19 vaccination compliance by staff of the agency in its offices across the country.
At the EFCC headquarter in Abuja, staff of the Commissions were screened by management, led by the Secretary to the Commission, Dr. George Ekpungu, with officers who were yet to be vaccinated being made to write their names in a special register.
This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Head, Media & Publicity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Wilson Uwujaren.
According to the statement, the exercise which commenced as early as 6.30 am caught a number of staff unaware with some having to return home to fetch their vaccine cards.
Speaking on the essence of the exercise, Ekpungu said it was necessary as the Executive Chairman of the Commission, Abdulrasheed Bawa had given the directive for the enforcement to ensure all staff are vaccinated.
“We have been enforcing Covid-19 vaccination within the Commission and we thought that we can never really know who and who has taken 1,2, or 3 of the jab until we do a check, and the Omicron variant is increasing, so we thought of doing on the spot check to assess who is vaccinated and who is not,” he said.
He explained that as the leading anti-corruption agency, the Commission was obligated to also take the lead in the enforcement compliance with government directives on Covvid-19 vaccination.
“You will agree with me that the cases of COVID-19 are on the increase worldwide and we must be on the lookout in order to ensure that our staff is safe.
“We have been sensitizing staff internally but felt the need to make it public to encourage others to copy from us,’’ he said.
He said the management will determine measures to take against those that refused to be vaccinated, but assured that there were enough vaccines in the Commission’s clinic for those who were interested.
A similar exercise took place simultaneously across the Commission’s 14 Zonal Commands.