The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria has incurred public wrath over an announcement on the impending change of the Yellow card issued to Nigerian travellers.
In a notification on Twiiter, FAAN said “All old yellow cards will be invalid from April 1st 2019” and urged Nigerians to get a New e-Yellow card by following the five steps listed. One of them is by paying N2,000 for the new card and another is by visiting the website ‘yellow card.com‘ to register.
However, the agency has come under fussilade of attacks by Twitterati, with some wondering why the agency has hijacked what should ordinarily be the responsibility of the health ministry.
Some other commentators wondered what would become of existing cards which are still valid or vaccinations that have just been administered on the card carriers.
Yet others suggested that FAAN is promoting the eYellow card for money motive and not for health reasons.
Here are some of the comments on FAAN Twitter handle @FAAN_Official
I got a yellow card less than a year ago from port health. I understand the vaccinations are valid for at least 10 years. Do I have to go through this new process and take the vaccinations again?
— R.I.P. Ras Kimono (@Kamikaze_pilot) January 3, 2019
— Bamidele Obende (@BamideleObende) January 3, 2019
In the last 7 yrs i have had to get 3 yellow cards… each was meant to be valid for 10yrs…
— Iriobe Matthews (@Irio_Eboreime) January 3, 2019
I thought the vaccination is for a period. What is the effect of taking the vaccine twice in less than 5yrs. If there is an effect, how do we manage this since ALL old cards expire by 1st April 2019?
— PC (@PCCOLLYN) January 4, 2019