COVID-19: FG orders its workers to stay at home over fears of second wave

The Federal Government has issued a stay-home order for civil servants from grade level 12 and below over fears of a second wave of COVID-19.

In a document released by Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan in Abuja on Tuesday, the stay home will last for five weeks.

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According to Esan, the civil servants in the aforementioned categories are to stay home from Wednesday, December 23, 2020.

The circular reads in part, “Following Mr President’s approval of recommendations of the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19, in the light of the second wave of the infection in Nigeria, officers on grade level 12 and below are hereby, directed to stay at home for a period of five weeks, effective from Wednesday, December 23 and await further directive.”

In addition, the H.O.S warned officers from grade level 13 and above who have been required to continue reporting to their respective offices to adhere to preventive measures which include:

“Maintenance of physical distancing, regular washing and/or sanitising of hands and wearing of face masks and reducing the number of visitors.

“In line with the prescription of the PTF, virtual meetings are encouraged with the view to minimising physical contact.

“In addition Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers are expected to sustain the provision and use of necessary amenities in compliance with the existing guidelines on prevention and the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

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“Security operatives manning the gates of offices should be directed to demand for the identity card of staff coming to the office to ensure that they are on grade level 13 and above before granting them access to the premises,” she advised.


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