COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu directs govt offices to reopen on Monday, May 4

COVID-19: Sanwo-Olu directs govt offices to reopen on Monday, May 4

- Some Lagosians, after more than one month of staying at home, will return to their offices on Monday, May 4

- This is as the state government has directed government establishments to be re-opened

- Those who are to resume work in offices are civil servants from level 14 and above

Following the easing of the lockdown in Lagos by President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has spoken on the categories of civil servants to return to their offices with effect from Monday, May 4.

Governor Sanwo-Olu on Friday, May 1, directed government workers in level 14 to resume their duties fully, The Cable reports.

The government in its directed contained in a statement released by Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the state head of service, pointed out clearly that frontline health workers and security officials at all levels are expected to be at their workplaces.

However, Muri-Okunola stated that workers at level 12 and below are allowed to work from their homes.

Added to this, the state's head of service said that sick government operatives are to remain at their places of residence and take care of themselves.

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Muri-Okunola further said: “Officers on Grade Levels 12 and below must continue working from home, unless otherwise directed by their Accounting Officers, with the exception of Frontline Responders and other essential Health Workers, irrespective of Grade, as well as Enforcement Agencies.

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“Accounting Officers to carry out a Needs Assessment of critical Staff, identify essential Officers and draw up a Flexible Work Roster for Officers on Grade Levels 13 and above, in compliance with the Physical Distancing Principle as stated by the World Health Organisation."

Meanwhile, reported that indications were 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.

Mohammed, therefore, appealed to Nigerians "to obey the directive on social distancing, personal hygiene and shun gatherings..." ( -> Same great journalism, upgraded for better service!

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