COVID-19: Governor Masari directs civil servants to resume duty

COVID-19: Governor Masari directs civil servants to resume duty

- The Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari directs workers in the state’s civil service to resume work on Monday, April 6

- Civil servants in the state have been staying at home as part of measures to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19

- However, the workers would now be required to resume skeletal services from 10am to 2pm daily from Monday

The Katsina state governor, Aminu Masari has directed workers in the state’s civil service to resume work on Monday, April 6.

Civil servants in the state have been staying at home as part of measures to prevent the possible spread of COVID-19, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

However, the workers would now be required to resume skeletal services from 10am to 2 pm daily from Monday.

The state’s head of service, Idris Tune, in a statement noted that all public and private institutions, including tertiary, secondary and primary schools were to remain closed till further notice.

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Meanwhile, emerging indications are pointing to the possibility that the two-week lockdown order imposed on residents in Lagos, Ogun and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) by President Muhammadu Buhari will be extended.

The minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, expressed this view on Friday, April 3, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

Mohammed said that the federal government will be forced to extend the number of days for the stay-at-home order if Nigerians continue to disobey the directive.

The minister categorically stated: “If we don’t behave ourselves, there is a likelihood that the lockdown will be extended. But if we behave ourselves, there might not be an extension and I hope we do so.”

He noted that with the cooperation of citizens, the unrelenting efforts of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the ministry of health, the coronavirus situation in the country will be contained.

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In another report, the resident doctors in the country have threatened to withdraw their service over alleged harassment and assaults by security operatives enforcing President Muhammadu Buhari's lockdown directives.

Dr Aliyu Sokomba, president of the Nigerian Association of Resident Doctors (NARD), issued the note of warning on Sunday, April 5.

Speaking after the emergency meeting to review the plight of doctors handling coronavirus cases, Sokomba raised an eyebrow against what he termed as attacks on the doctors across the country.

The NARD president said the association has received many damning reports about assaults on doctors by the security operatives but the last stroke that broke the camel's back was an attack on a senior staff member in Akwa-Ibom state.

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