Kogi state directs civil servants to work from home amid spread of coronavirus

Kogi state directs civil servants to work from home amid spread of coronavirus

- In view of the raging coronavirus pandemic, Kogi government has ordered some categories of civil servants in the state to work from home

- According to the government, civil servants from level 13 below should stay and work from home

- Public workers in the state are to stop going to work for the next two weeks with effect from Monday, March 23

In a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, Kogi state government on Monday, March 23, joined its counterpart in Lagos and Ekiti states in directing civil servants to stay away from work for the next two weeks.

Kingsley Fanwo, the commissioner for information and communication in a statement said the directive which takes effect on Monday only affects workers from grade level 1 to 13 which constitutes 70% of Kogi state’s workforce, Premium Times reports.

However, workers not included in the directive are emergency and essential services such as healthcare and fire services.

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The statement reads in part: “The Governor of the State, His Excellency Alh Yahaya Bello has approved the ‘Work from Home’ approach to ensure the virus doesn’t spread through contacts at government offices across the state.

Coronavirus: Kogi directs civil servants to work from home

Kogi state governor, Yahaya Bello
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“Those who render critical services will be communicated through the Office of the Head of Service of the State on how to keep the system running without endangering the workers, despite the inevitable decision of Government.”

Though there hasn't been any confirmed case of coronavirus in Kogi yet, the state government added that it would leave no stone unturned to ensure the virus doesn’t find its way to the state.

Legit.ng previously reported that as part of the preventive measures to further curb the spread of COVID-19, Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, instructed public workers from grade 1 to grade 12 to stop going to work.

The information which was disclosed in a series of tweets on Sunday, March 22, via the official Twitter handle of the governor's chief press secretary, Gboyega Akosile, noted that this takes effect from Monday, March 23.

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Similarly, governor of Ekiti state, Dr. Kayode Fayemi has ordered some categories of civil servants in the state to work from home in view of the raging Coronavirus pandemic. The governor also banned gatherings above 20 people and directed all schools from primary to tertiary levels to be closed indefinitely.

In a statewide broadcast on Friday, the governor said civil servants from level 12 below should stay and work from home, except those on essential duty.

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