Many returning federal civil servants on Grade Level 12 and below were barricaded from entering the Federal Secretariat on Wednesday for failure to present proof of vaccination against COVID-19.
There was a massive turn up of the workers at all the three phases of the Federal Civil Service Complex Wednesday morning, the first time since since March 2020, when they were directed to stay at home until further notice to streamline the number of workers who come to work daily as a preventive measure to curb the spread of COVID-19.
But scores of them were shut out for failing to present evidence of COVID-19 vaccination or present negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours.
The Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi- Esan had via a circular HCSF/ 3065/ Vol. 1/ 107 dated 26th November 2021 issued a directive asking all workers from GL 12 and below to resume duties but with evidence of having taken the vaccines.
However, union leaders in the Office of the Head of Service went into discussions with the top civil service management on how to allow the workers in.
The President Joint Unions Negotiating Team Office of Head of Service, Comrade Uzo Ekediachi addressed the workers Wednesday.
Gunmen attack Ondo community, kill two
Tension in Ondo state as gunmen suspected to be herdera attacked Okeluse community in Ose local government area of the state.
WITHIN NIGERIA learnt that the town was heavily attacked by gunmen around 9pm on Sunday.
It was also learnt that the manager of a fuelling station in the town identified as Aborowa Oladimeji was reportedly killed in the attack.
One of his staff whose name was not disclosed was also killed by the gunmen.
“The sales boy was also shot by the herdsmen. He was rushed to the hospital but gave up the ghost early this morning,” a witness said.
“For the CEO of the filling station, he he was shot and he died on the spot. He was about leaving the filling station with his sales boy when the gunmen came.”
The attack is coming a few weeks after five persons were killed at Arimogija community in Ose LGA.
NAFDAC bans alcohol production in sachet and PET bottles
The registration of alcohol in sachet, small volume PET and glass bottles below 200 millilitres have been banned by the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Director-General of the agency, Prof. Mojisola Adeyeye, on Monday January 24, made the announced through a statement.
Adeyeye said the decision to ban registration of new alcoholic drinks in sachet and small volume PET and glass bottles above 30 per cent Alcohol by Volume (ABV), was taken in line with recommendation of a high powered committee of the Federal Ministry of Health, NAFDAC and Federal Competition, Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) and Industry, Association of Food, Beverages and Tobacco Employers (AFBTE), and Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria (DIBAN) in December 2018.
Manufacturers of low volume alcohol beverages (200ml) with satisfactory laboratory reports already submitted to NAFDAC for registration before the decision, have been directed to reformulate their products to stipulated standards free of charge.
Adeyeye added that the agency will ensure that the validity of renewal of already registered alcoholic products in the affected category does not exceed the year 2024.
The statement read;
“Distillers and Blenders Association of Nigeria was also given a matching order to embark on intensive nation-wide sensitization campaigns against underage consumption of alcohol by adolescents below the age of 18 years in the bid to stem the tide of alcohol abuse in the country.
“Producers of alcohol in sachets and small volume agreed to reduce production by 50 per cent with effect from January 31st, 2022 while ensuring the products are completely phased out in the country by 31st January 2024.
” The agency is committed to the strict implementation of the regulations and regulatory measures towards safeguarding the health of Nigerians particularly the vulnerable youths against the dangers of reckless consumption of alcohol.”