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LCCI calls on FG to crack down on COVID-19 vaccination card fraudsters

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The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry(LCCI) has called on the federal government to crack down on racketeers issuing fraudulent vaccination cards to outgoing travellers from Nigeria to developed countries.

Dr Michael Olawale-Cole, President of the LCCI, said at a press conference in Lagos on Thursday that the government should use the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to make long-term changes and improvements in the Nigerian healthcare sector and accelerate progress toward universal health coverage.

He said, “We are obviously lagging behind our peers. While we agree with the Federal Government that the travel bans imposed on Nigeria are knee-jerk reactions, the Lagos chamber wishes to recommend to the Federal Government measures to sustainably manage the Omicron strain.

“The government needs to clamp down on any existing vaccine card racketeers who issue fake vaccination cards to outbound travellers from Nigeria to developed countries. Any trace of fake vaccination certificates to Nigeria is damaging to our international reputation.”

According to him, the government has to establish an intelligent monitoring system to ensure that funds granted to COVID-19 activities are used appropriately.

Olawale-Cole while speaking said, “We would like to appeal to government at all levels to declare a state of emergency for the COVID-19 vaccine to be made available, easily accessible and administered to more Nigerians.

“This is very critical because the percentage of Nigerians that have taken the vaccine is very discouraging. Only about three per cent of the overall population of eligible persons are fully vaccinated. This is a far cry from the expected. If we fail to plan, we are already planning to fail.”

In order to prevent the severe repercussions, he said the government and citizens must work together to significantly increase the number of people who have been vaccinated in the coming months.

Olawale-Cole also added that, “Recent statistics from Our World in Data indicate that as of December 2, the number of vaccines doses administered in Nigeria was 10.9 million, translating to about 1.8 per cent of the Nigerian population.

“South Africa as of December 5 has administered about 26.3 million (about 25 per cent of the population). Kenya has administered about 7.58 million (5.5 per cent of the population). Ghana’s vaccination statistics for total doses given stood at three to five million, translating to about 2.7 per cent of the population.”

He asked Nigerians and other foreign nationals in the country to follow COVID-19 guidelines.

“We must all work towards a safer Nigeria, Let us free our mind and stop being hesitant about taking the COVID-19 vaccine. The fear of dying after receiving the vaccine and other conspiracy theories should be perished,” he added.

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