In line with the Federal Government’s effort to combat the spread of the Coronavirus in Nigeria, federal public servants have been ordered to observe a compulsory stay at home.
In a communique on Monday, the federation’s Head of Service, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, said that the order is part of measures by the Federal Government to manage the identified cases of COVID-19 and to curtail its spread.
In her statement, Dr Yemi-Esan, stressed: “as further steps to check the spread of COVID-19, all non-essential public servants on grade level 12 and below are to stay and work from home with effect from Tuesday 24th March 2020 until further notice.”
Advising on safety precautions, she also stated that all other categories of officers who will be at work should limit the number of visitors they receive in order to reduce physical contact as much as possible.
The president’s decision to shut down the public followed the recommendation of the Presidential Task Force on Coronavirus.
The Task Force also approved other additional measures including, the postponement of the meeting of Council of State scheduled for Thursday the 26th of March 2020.
Other measures taken include the closure of all land borders that are currently partially closed, to human traffic for 4 weeks effective from the 23rd of March, 2020.
This development is coming hours after the minister for information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, told Nigerians to brace up for tougher measures if the pandemic must be curtailed very soon.
Addressing a news conference in Abuja Alhaji Mohammed said that the government is prepared to take necessary measures for contact tracing.
At the media briefing, the minister said that the Federal Government may be forced to employ the services of security operatives to trace contacts.
He, however, urged people who just returned to the country to willingly submit themselves for proper check and contact tracing.
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