Edo governor Godwin Obaseki has insisted on sanctions for individuals who refuse to take COVID-19 jab.
Mr Obaseki says his authorities’s directive on no entry to public locations with out being vaccinated nonetheless stands whereas talking at a press convention on Wednesday in Benin.
The Edo State authorities had introduced plans to make it obligatory for residents to take COVID-19 vaccine and current proof earlier than accessing public locations from the second week of September.
Mr Obaseki additionally threatened to impose a lockdown, if residents did not comply with the directive and adjust to COVID-19 protocols as a way to halt the unfold of the Delta variant of the pandemic.
“The eye of the Edo authorities has been drawn to an order by a Excessive Court docket sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers directing the federal government to keep up the established order on the purported obligatory COVID-19 vaccination for residents.
“To the very best of our data, the order is, at finest, speculative and preemptive, because the scheduled date for the graduation of enforcement of the directive is the second week of September.
“We need to reiterate that our directive on vaccination stands,” Mr Obaseki stated.
He urged these planning social, non secular, political or enterprise occasions after the second week of September to make sure that each themselves and their visitors weren’t solely vaccinated however possessed vaccination playing cards as proof.
“Anybody with out this proof is not going to be granted entry to crowded services,” he stated.
The governor additionally stated that the federal government was commencing intensive enforcement of use of non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) to curb the present spike in COVID-19 infections and deaths.
“It have to be said that there’s an apparent false impression that the directive issued by the federal government was to make vaccination obligatory for all residents.
“Though the governor has the ability to make such an order below the Gazetted Quarantine Laws, this directive is definitely solely a denial of entry to public locations of individuals who selected to not be vaccinated,” he stated.
In accordance with Obaseki, the federal government’s overriding concern is the security and well being of the residents.
He said that the positivity price (CPR) for COVID-19 hovered between 15 and 25 per cent, including that deaths had been constantly being recorded every day, with unvaccinated individuals accounting for 100 per cent.
Edo state has recorded over 5,402 confirmed COVID-19 circumstances and 195 associated deaths (the second highest within the nation), as of Wednesday, in accordance with Nigeria Centre for Illness Management.