In the light of the rising cases of Coronavirus in Nigeria and efforts to curb it, the Lagos State Government has asked public officers from Grade level 1 to 12 to stay at home for the next 14 days.
During a statewide address, the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said on Sunday: “I’m now hereby directing that all public officers in the entire unified public service from grade level 1 to 12 which constitutes about 70% of our entire public workforce should stay at home from Monday 23rd March 2020 for 14 days at the first instance. We will review this as time goes on.
“Members of the public are advised to refrain from visiting any of our public offices and to transact such businesses as is possible that we can do this on the phone or online channels.”
He further stated: “This stay-at-home (order) does not affect any of our first responders, meaning the medical personal are still meant to be at their duty posts, the fire service, members of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LAWMA and other essential services are not affected by this directive.”
The Governor, while revealing the measures put in place by the government, stated: “In terms of proactive measure we are taking to curb the spread of the disease, we have shut down all public and private schools and institutions of higher learning and we have also instructed that we should not allow congregation gatherings of more than 50 people at any time”.
While also stating that the measure is in no way meant to deprive anyone of their freedom, the governor thanked Lagosians for complying with the government directives.
While fielding questions from journalists, Governor Sanwo-Olu revealed that all those found violating the rules of the government will be sanctioned and the facilities where gatherings are being held, will be shut down by security personnel.
He added that all those who have just returned from foreign trips must self-isolate for 14 days to be sure that they are free of the virus.