26 September 2023

NIGERIA: PS ordered back to work

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The Nigerian Federal Government has ordered Senior Public Servants to resume normal duties in offices for three days a week.

In a communique, Head of Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan (pictured) stressed that the resumption order included those on essential services across the country.

Dr Yemi-Esan said returnees must adhere strictly to the observance of social distancing, use of face masks, hand sanitisers, and good general hygiene.

“All Federal Secretariats have been decontaminated and efforts are continuing to do same in other public offices,” Dr Yemi-Esan said.

“Officers are to limit the number of visitors they receive to the barest minimum. They should also ensure that the visitors comply with safety and health advice and directives,” she said.

However, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu defied the order, saying all Government workers in the State must continue to stay away from work unless they were on essential duties.

In a statement, the Governor said that it was impossible to prevent overcrowding in Government offices.

Mr Sanwo-Olu said he believed officers could gradually return, but only in phases.

“We want to use this as a demonstration of our commitment to the gradual easing of the lockdown,” Mr Sanwo-Olu said.

“We do not want people to rush out and see the easing of the lockdown as an attempt to believe that the spread of the pandemic is all over,” he said.

Abuja, 3 May, 2020

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