After much consideration in the interest of civil servants in Lagos, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has made a timely decision concerning the easing of the lockdown.
Sanwo-Olu on Friday, May 1, had informed government workers in the state at level 14 and above to return to their offices on Monday, May 4, through the head of service in Lagos, Hakeem Muri-Okunola.
But on Sunday, May 3, the governor instructed all civil servants, irrespective of level, to remain and work from home.
He noted that this decision is to avoid overcrowding in the state which could lead to a hike in the number of locally transmitted coronavirus cases.
The governor added that only emergency workers and government operatives on special duties are allowed to be at work on Monday.
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Sanwo-Olu said: “In amending the work guidelines earlier issued, which stopped members of the public service from Grade Level 1 to 12 from going to work; we have had to review this position and we are extending the directive to all civil servants, regardless of level.
“All civil servants must stay away from work on Monday. On Tuesday, only officers from Grade Level 15 and above have express permission to come to work.
“We do not want people to rush out tomorrow and see the easing of the lockdown as an attempt to believe that the spread of the pandemic is all over.”
However, the governor ordered that civil servants at level 15 and above are permitted to go back to their offices on Tuesday, May 5.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that following the easing of the lockdown in Lagos by President Muhammadu Buhari, Sanwo-Olu had 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 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.
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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