Taraba govt decries workers’ attempt to frustrate COVID-19 vaccination exercise

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The alleged ill-attitudes of Taraba State workers towards the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination exercise in the State have no doubt become a major concern to the state government.

The workers who are at loggerheads with the State Government following the non-implementation of the approved N30.000 new minimum wage, a situation that has crippled business activities were alleged to have been going around frustrating the vaccination exercise.

Piqued by the development, the Deputy Governor, Engineer Haruna Manu, while inaugurating the 21-man committee on vaccination, urged the workers to as a matter of urgency desist from such an act or be visited with the long arm of the law.

Wondering why the workers would go as far as wanting to pull down the exercise in the state, he said the government would not fold it hands, but will take action.

Also perturbed by the development, the members of the State Social Mobilization Committee, came out from their review meeting which took place at the office of the World Health Organization (WHO) located in Jalingo, the state capital, condemning the act.

Led by the State Immunization and disease control officer, Dr. Kenneth T. Jos, the group said the workers have no legal backing that permits them to go as far as picketing stores where the vaccines are kept.

They cited some local government councils among which include Wukari where labour leaders went as far as closing down structures where the vaccines are kept.

The members who spoke via Kenneth, unanimously agreed that “workers doing this have no right to lock government property ” stating that “government property does not belong to the union. ”

Drumming that this “is unfair and unacceptable, “such workers as suggested by them should be made to face the music.”

Since the commencement of the vaccination exercise in the state, only 778,000 persons were said to have been so far vaccinated, as the ongoing strike action embarked upon by workers has been identified as one of the major reasons for the ‘snail-speed’ of the exercise.

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