Nigeria

NPHCDA partners ICPC for COVID-19 vaccine security, accountability

National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) partnered with the Independent Corrupt Practices (ICPC) and other Related Offences Commission.

A statement issued on Monday in Abuja and signed by the Executive Director of NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaib stated that the partnership was in line with its determination to ensure accountability and transparency in the deployment and administration of COVID-19 vaccines.

Shuaib said this collaborative effort is founded on ICPC’s three-fold mandate of enforcement, prevention, and public education and enlightenment to prohibit corrupt practices and other related offences.

He further stressed that the collaboration will ensure all appropriate anti-corruption, accountability, and transparency measures are established and sustained throughout the four phases of the COVID-19 vaccination campaigns.

Shuaib noted that the measures are imperative, as any form of corruption in the COVID-19 vaccination effort of the Federal Government will inevitably undermine the response to the pandemic, deprive citizens of their right to vaccination, and ultimately derail the goal of achieving herd immunity.

“The ICPC will track and monitor the deployment and use of COVID-19 vaccines across the country, with a focus on four critical areas such as theft and embezzlement, service provision, vaccine availability, and advisory.”

“NPHCDA, therefore, assures the public that those with intentions of perpetrating any unlawful acts in this regard, such as extortion, diversion of vaccines or funds meant for the vaccination exercise will be apprehended and would face the full wrath of the law,” Shuaib stated.

The general public is encouraged to report any act of corruption in the vaccination process to NPHCDA or ICPC.

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