- Nigeria seems to be inching towards a total lockdown gradually
- Government agencies and private organisations are closing shop by the day
- The National Identity Management Commission has announced that it is suspending all enrolment activities
The National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) has suspended all enrolment activities and other ancillary services across Nigeria.
The NIMC says the decision was taken as Nigeria continues to witness a rising number of coronavirus cases in the last few days.
The commission further said the safety of all Nigerians coming for enrolment as well as that of its staff is a priority at the moment.
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“The closure is not intended to create panic but to arrest the spread of the disease, which has become a global threat.
“We hereby regret any inconvenience the closure might cause as our paramount concern as a responsible and responsive Commission is the safety of all,” a statement signed by Kayode Adegoke head, corporate communications at NIMC read.
Recall that the federal government had asked public servants to work from home from Tuesday, March 24.
The directive was given by Mrs Yemi Esan, the head of service of the federation, in a memo circulated to public servants on Monday, March 23.
Part of the memo read: “Government is concerned about the welfare and safety of all public servants just as it is about other Nigerians.
“All public servants are, therefore, strongly advised to follow the measures being put in place by the government to curtail the spread of the pandemic.
“As a further step to check the spread of COVID-19, all non-essential public servants on grade level 12 and below are to work from home with effect from Tuesday 24th March 2020 until further notice.”
Meanwhile, the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, has directed all zonal Assistant Inspectors-General of Police and commissioners of police nationwide to ensure social restriction orders to curtail the spread of coronavirus.
The IGP in a statement on Sunday, March 22 issued on his behalf by the police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba, directed that all legitimate orders given in pursuant to the containment efforts on the viral disease are strictly enforced within their areas of jurisdiction.
IGP Adamu also warned against unnecessary arrests and detention of suspects, even as he enjoined Nigerians to voluntarily adhere to the orders of relevant authorities concerning the disease.
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