Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun says security challenges will not stop those at the grassroots from getting COVID-19 vaccines.
The governor who disclosed this in a series of tweets on Thursday added that the state will soon launch the Western Security Network, codenamed Amotekun Corps, as a measure to address the challenges.
“At the meeting, we held with all Ogun State’s 20 Local Government Transition Chairmen earlier today, I disclosed this as I expressed confidence that the recent security challenges that is gradually phasing out will not stop the vaccine from getting to the grassroots.
“Specifically, two major measures are being put in place to address insecurity and access to remote areas.
“In addition to the Peace Committee, we will first launch the Amotekun security outfit in Yewa in the coming weeks. We will also rehabilitate the Papalanto-Ilaro Road, as well as construct link roads in other areas,” the governor said.
Abiodun also revealed the state’s readiness for the arrival of the vaccines, saying it has installed a solar-power cold chain.
“We have installed a solar-powered cold chain for the #COVID19 vaccines that have now arrived in Nigeria, and will be prioritising frontline healthcare workers in its administration.”
We have installed a solar-powered cold chain for the #COVID19 vaccines that have now arrived in Nigeria, and will be prioritising frontline healthcare workers in its administration. pic.twitter.com/pz4f1FlSPs
— Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun – MFR (@dabiodunMFR) March 4, 2021
Two days after Nigeria received the first batch of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines, the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) said the country will commence the vaccination against COVID-19 on Friday, March 5.
The Executive Director of NPHCDA Dr Faisal Shuaib announced this on Thursday at a presidential briefing held at the State House in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
He revealed that the government would kick-off the exercise at the National Hospital in Abuja where the frontline health workers there would be the first set of people to be vaccinated.
Shuaib also hinted that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, would also take their vaccine shots a day after the health workers were administered the vaccines.
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