The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has warned the Federal Government against forcing workers to take the COVID-19 vaccination.
The President of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba, gave the warning during a briefing on COVID-19 Vaccination Advisory for Federal Civil Servants in Abuja on Monday.
The NLC President noted that the Federal Government should employ the use of persuasion and conviction rather than force.
“The truth is that despite being imperfect, the COVID-19 vaccine has given all of us a better chance of fighting the virus and staying alive. I urge workers all over the world to take advantage of the COVID-19 vaccines and keep themselves, their families and their colleagues at work safe and free from the morbid threats of the corona pandemic. We urge that the tool of persuasion and conviction be used rather than force to get workers and the general populace to take the vaccine,“ Mr. Wabba said.
The NLC President also urged the government and other employers of Labour you male special arrangement for workers to access the vaccine at work places, adding that the COVID-19 has brought some biggest strains, stress and squeeze to work places.
It should be recalled that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha-led Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 on October 13, 2021, announced that Federal Government workers without proof of COVID-19 vaccination or result of test done within 72 hours will be denied access to their offices starting from December 1, 2021.
Some states have also bought the idea by asking their workers to take the vaccine if they must come to work.