Nigerian state orders civil servants to stay home, announces fresh ban

Nigerian state orders civil servants to stay home, announces fresh ban

- Kano state government is taking serious measures in view of the second wave of coronavirus infections

- According to the government, civil servants in the state are now to stay at home

- The state government also announced the ban on activities of viewing and event centres across the state

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In the wake of the second wave of the global pandemic called COVID-19, Kano state government on Tuesday, January 19, joined its other counterparts in directing civil servants to stay at home.

Daily Trust reports that as part of measures to curb the second wave of the virus in the state, civil servants were ordered to stay at home pending further instructions.

The state government also imposed a fresh ban on viewing and event centres across the state following the spike in COVID-19 cases.

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The announcement of the new directives was made by the state commissioner of information, Malam Muhammad Garba.

According to Garba, the measures were part of decisions at a stakeholders meeting held on Monday, January 18.

While noting that only workers on essential services and media are exempted from the ban, Garba warned that security agents would not hesitate to take stern measures to ensure compliance with the directive.

The commissioner of information reaffirmed the government’s commitment to working with relevant stakeholders to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 protocols.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Lagos state government on Saturday, January 16, extended the resumption date for civil servants from grade level 14 below who have been working from home amid scare of COVID-19 second wave.

In a statement by the head of service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, the public workers have been directed to resume on Monday, February 1, instead of on January 18.

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Lagos said this will help in flattening the curve and reduce the spread of the deadly and highly contagious coronavirus.

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In a related development, the Kaduna state government announced that all schools within the state must remain closed until further notice.

The state’s permanent secretary, ministry of education, Phoebe Sukai Yayi, disclosed that schools in the state will not resume on Monday, January 18, as approved by the federal government.

The government in a statement on Sunday, January 17, stated that the order mandating the closure of schools in the state also extends to federal institutions.

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