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Chairman urges heads of federal establishments to embrace COVID-19 vaccination



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Heads of federal organisations operating in Akwa Ibom have been advised to ensure that they receive the first dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Mr. Enoch Uyoh, the Chairman, Association of Heads of Federal Establishments in the state, gave the advice on Wednesday during their March general meeting held at the federal secretariat, Uyo.

He also called on other members of staff to do same, adding that he had taken the vaccination and it was not harmful.

“I want to urge you all to submit yourselves to the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination, as it has been approved by both the Federal and the State Governments because of its safety and verified efficacy,” Uyoh said.

Uyoh, who is also the Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Akwa Ibom, reminded the people that COVID-19 is still around.

He said that there was the need for them to adhere strictly to safety protocols as given by the Nigeria Centre for Disease and Control (NCDC).

The chairman also reminded the heads of the establishments that they were all ambassadors of the Federal Government.

Therefore, they should project and promote the policies of the Federal Government to the people in their different establishments.

“You must let the people know what your establishment is doing, and what the Federal Government is also doing through your establishment to improve on the living standards of Nigerians,” he said.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Mr. Ben Esang, the Head of the Public Enlightenment Unit of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), made a presentation.

Esang in his presentation said that NAPTIP as an agency of government is committed to the prevention of all forms of human degradation and exploitation.

He said that it had been achieving this mandate through its coordinated use of the country’s crime prevention and law enforcement resources, to stamp out human trafficking.

He added that the agency would continue to work in collaboration with other agencies to ensure the elimination and prevention of the root causes of the problem of trafficking in any person.

He said that selling of babies as well as domestic servitude was rampant in the state, and charged parents and guardians to be mindful of what their children were doing to avoid exploitation.

The public enlightenment officer said that the agency had rehabilitated no fewer than 100 victims of human trafficking in the last one year. (NAN)

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