Speaker of the House of Representatives has condemned the issuance of fake COVID-19 certificates.
Earlier on, the Director-General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr Ifedayo Adetifa claimed that some officials had been involved in the illegal issuance of the COVID-19 vaccine certificate.
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He also said that some of them had been arrested and handed over to the Department of State Security, DSS.
Adetifa revealed during a chat with Committee on Aviation about these illegal practices. He alleged that this crime was committed by some corrupt persons with some airport officials.
Reacting to this, the speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila ordered an overhaul of the corrupt practices. He demanded the immediate arrest and prosecution of these corrupt personnel.
He also advocated for a law to establish a Transportation Agency that regulates these activities. He said that an agency like the Transportation Security Administration, TSA, should be created within the airports.
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His words: “It’s not going to be one of those sessions where there will be no outcomes. I think one of the outcomes will be a law that specifically sets up an agency of government to oversee the operations of the airports like the TSA.
“I think the TSA appears to be the silver bullet that cures most of the things we heard here. and the chairmen of the relevant committees in the House, led by the Aviation Committee, hopefully, will begin to put this together. Hopefully, within the next two weeks, we will have a draft of the bill.
“If you can work with Mrs Jumoke Oduwole (Special Adviser to the President on Ease of Doing Business), it will be hands-on. And work with FAAN and all the other agencies as well, so we can streamline operations at the airports which would include, even the issue of the perennial touts. For wants of better words, let me call them men and women that have no business at the airport.
“So in the next two weeks, let us see the draft, so we can set the ball rolling in the chambers and bring sanity to our airports.”
The Chairman House Committee on Aviation, Nnolim Nnaji probed the corrupt practices by Aviation personnel.
Responding to the question, Rabiu Yagudu, FAAN Managing Director said the staff are in check. He explained that regular meetings were held weekly to educate and keep track of their actions.
Yagudu stated that the meeting was held between the management team and the staff team.