- The Niger state government has reacted to the current rise in the number of coronavirus cases
- Authorities in the state have informed civil servants about a new policy introduced to contain the spread of the disease
- Nigerian officials are concerned about the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country
Civil servants in Niger state have been directed to remain at home from Monday, December 21, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The state government in a statement issued through the office of the head of the civil service on Thursday, December 17, said the directive was made following the second wave of coronavirus, Daily Trust reported.
Salamatu Abubakar, the head of service said all heads of parastatals, ministries, agencies, and other government officials in the state should adhere to the new measure.
The circular read in part:
“I write to inform you that in view of the 2nd wave of coronavirus pandemic being experienced in the country, His Excellency, Alhaji (DR) Abubakar Sani Bello, Executive Governor of Niger State, has approved for all workers in Niger State to stay at home with effect from Monday, 21 December, 2020 until further notice, except for Officers on essential services.”
Meanwhile, new information indicates that Nigerians are faced with the prospects of entering a second lockdown if the rise in COVID-19 cases continues unchecked.
The National Economic Council (NEC) said another lockdown will be the last resort in the wake of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Nation reported
NEC which is chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo made the disclosure after a virtual meeting on Thursday, December 17.
In another report, Simon Lalong, the governor of Plateau state, has tested positive for COVID-19, following a test he and members of his family carried out.
Nigerian Tribune reported that the news was broken by the governor’s director of press and public, Makut Macham, in a statement in Jos on Thursday, December 17.
The governor’s test result returned positive while all members of his family tested negative.
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