- President Buhari has directed NCDC to recall all its retired staff to assist in the fight against coronavirus
- Those on foreign missions have also been recalled over the spread of COVID-19
- Buhari's directive is meant to boost the manpower at the public health agency coordinating the national response of the coronavirus
Following the spread of coronavirus in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that all recently retired staff of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) should return work.
Legit.ng reports that Buhari gave the directive in a series of tweets on his Twitter handle @MBuhari, on the evening of Thursday, March 26.
The directive is meant to boost the manpower at the public health agency which is coordinating the national response of the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak in the country.
He also gave other directives to help the country combat the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, adding that he has been receiving updates on the country’s response to Covid-19.
“Over the last few days I have received extensive briefings on the state of the nation as it relates to the Covid-19 pandemic, from the relevant Federal Government agencies as well as the Lagos State Government,” he said.
Buhari said he has “directed the NCDC to draft all its recent retirees back into service to beef up our manpower as we respond to the pandemic.”
He added that all staff of the agency undergoing training or on foreign assignments should return to the country.
“Furthermore, all NCDC staff and experts who are away on training or international assignments are to return immediately."
The directive is expected to improve the workforce of the NCDC.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, on Thursday, March 26, released a message of unity and solidarity for Nigeria, amid the global pandemic called coronavirus that is ravaging the whole world.
In his message posted across his social media pages, the former Nigerian leader urged nationals to demonstrate good citizenship by complying with relevant policies and guidelines the government has put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Also, a lady identified as Precious Williams shared a heart-wrenching experience about how she is struggling to cope after testing positive for coronavirus.
Precious disclosed in a message on social media that she tested positive for the COVID-19 and she asked her friends to remember her in their prayers for a speedy recovery. After being in the hospital for a week, she described COVID-19 as a "monster."
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