The current drive by the Nigerian authorities to make COVID-19 vaccination obligatory for civil servants has been attributed to the lacklustre efficiency of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency within the dealing with of the vaccination train throughout the nation.
Sources within the company instructed SaharaReporters that its Executive Director, Dr Faisal Shuaib, politicised the entire train on the detriment of getting Nigerians vaccinated.
They alleged Shuaib had not proven sufficient dedication to getting Nigerians vaccinated however was “interested in how he could make a kill from the COVID-19 vaccination programme.”
“It has been frustrating that the executive director has elected to play with the lives of Nigerians in such a brazen manner. The general public might not know that the figures bandied in the public domain are far from what is on the ground in reality. He went to the length in ensuring that individuals and groups with the required competence to ensure the validity of the vaccines and its deployment are sidelined and replaced with his cronies,” one of the sources said.
Another source alleged that the agency’s Executive Director saw the vaccination programme as an avenue to enrich his pocket.
“The executive director has constantly diverted funds meant for logistics to his cronies under different nomenclatures, and in most instances leaving vaccinators stranded, thereby altering the distribution chain and in most times before the vaccines reach their intended locations, there is a possibility that its potency might have been greatly reduced as a result of improper storage,” he said.
“If the government does not take urgent and proactive steps, it might just be that what is being administered to Nigerians might be ineffective vaccines and its consequent implication because, with the present realities on the ground in the agency with regards the administration, it is a doomed exercise.
“In our company, all the things is overinflated, and nobody dares to query the chief director. The procurement and audit departments have been compromised by the chief who has ensured that his cronies are in strategic locations to make sure that his biddings are carried out with none resistance.”
“If the federal government is severe in its battle towards corruption, it ought to flip the sunshine on the NPHCDA, and the revelations that may come out can be mind-boggling. What is going on within the company is nothing however a disgrace.”
Speaking with SaharaReporters, a public well being skilled decried the low vaccination train as a result of ineptitude of the NPHCDA.
He said that with how the company is enterprise the vaccination train, Nigeria would possibly by no means attain efficient vaccination of Nigerians towards COVID-19.
He added that the federal government erred essentially by domiciling the COVID 19 vaccination with the NPHCDA, forgetting to grasp that it is a peculiar train and one to not be subjected to the routine forms in most authorities businesses.