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Kaduna Civil Servants reject Govt’s “No-COVID-19 Vaccine, No Salary” instructions

…Issue threats of court action.

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna

Despite directive by Kaduna State Government that, only civil servants, who collect COVID-19 vaccine, would be paid salaries, some state government staffs have rejected the move, and boasted that, “Over their dead body, they’ll not take the jabs.”

Most of the civil servants, who spoke to our reporter (under anonymity), said they preferred their lives more than money.

“My life is more important to me than money,” said a teacher, who gave his only one name as Richard, and others, also had this to say: “I cannot be forced to take the vaccine against my wish. As long as I’m alive, I’ll get another work and money to feed.”

Three of those, who spoke to our reporter, however, threatened to drag government to court, if it refuses to pay them their salaries for not taking COVID-19 vaccine, adding that they cannot be forced on it, among others.

Recalled that a civil servant, Hamatu Tanko, who works in accounts section of Gwamna Awan General Hospital in Kaduna South, had she suffered dizziness immediately and vomited blood many times through her mouth and nose two days after taking the vaccine, based on the government’s instructions, and was hospitalized in two places.

According to Mrs Tanko, she was compelled to take the vaccine at Kaduna South local government secretariat because of fear that only civil servants that showed paper evidence would be ticked for salary, adding that she took it because she has nobody to help her take care of her and her old mother.

Efforts made to clarify the matter from the media side of Governor el-Rufai failed, as Mr Muyiwa Adekeye could not respond.

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