Lawyer plans court action to stop compulsory COVID-19 vaccination

Released 25 November 2021 The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation Segment on Community Curiosity

The Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Affiliation Segment on Community Curiosity and Progress Legislation, Dr. Monday Ubani, claimed he has resolved to drag the Federal Federal government to court docket following its insistence to make COVID-19 vaccination obligatory for civil servants in the region.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation and Chairman Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha, had in September introduced that all civil servants have to, with outcome from December 1, 2021, present proof of vaccination or existing a unfavorable COVID-19 PCR test result performed inside of 72 hours to attain obtain to their many offices.

Despite the criticism that followed the announcement, the governing administration on November 22 warned workers who adore their employment to get vaccinated.

Ubani, in an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday, said he had served the authorities a pre-motion detect.

He reported the government’s motion was opposite to current labour conditions and the basic rights of the civil servants.

He mentioned, “I am getting ready action to go to courtroom. I have offered them a pre-action notice. By next 7 days, I will file a accommodate in courtroom.

“The directive is a distinct violation of the contractual terms of employment, and next a restriction to independence of liberty and motion certain underneath Chapter 4 of the 1999 Structure as amended, Common Declaration of Human Legal rights as very well as African Charter on Human and Peoples Legal rights.

“When these civil servants had been employed, obligatory vaccination and its attendant punishment for non-compliance have been not portion of their phrases of contract.

“This new policy is a rude interruption to cordial labour marriage and is against intercontinental most effective labour practices.

“In the absence of any substantive laws that makes COVID-19 vaccination obligatory, these types of coverage directive which would invariably choose away certain legal rights, is illogical, illegal, null and void.”

Ubani advised the federal government to devise a persuasive approach to get citizens confident of the advantages of vaccination rather than threatening them.

The convener, Civil Society Organisation, Advocate For Peoples Suitable and Justice, Victor Giwa, also explained his organisation was now functioning to securing an injunction to end the governing administration from likely ahead with the program.

He explained, “The Federal Government can’t implement this directive. We are currently doing work to an injunction to quit them from utilizing this directive.

“Every citizen has a right to privateness of his clinical status which is within just his special legal rights.

“The policy of displaying certificate of COVID-19 vaccine is a patent exposure of the non-public information and facts which is unique for him to maintain. It violates clinical privacy and other intercontinental conventions.”

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