The Regime has ordered civil servants from level 14 and above, to resume their duties effective Monday, May 4, following the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown pronouncement by Nigerian Ruler, Muhammadu Buhari.
Buhari, in an address had said the lockdowns, which had been due to end last Monday, needed to continue until 4 May.
He also ordered new nationwide measures against Covid-19, including a night-time curfew and mandatory face masks.
The moves would ensure the economy functioned “while still maintaining our aggressive response”, Buhari had said.
The easing will apply to Abuja, Lagos and neighbouring Ogun state, where collectively more than 25 million people have been under lockdown since 30 March. Other states have introduced their own measures.
In a Circular on Thursday, the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan stressed that the resumption order includes those on essential services across the country.
According to the statement, all those mandated to resume on Monday will be allowed to work three times a week and closing time would be 2 pm.
The Head-Of-Service further directed that those who are resuming must adhere strictly to the observance of social distancing, use of face masks, hand sanitisers, and good general hygiene, adding all Federal Secretariats have been decontaminated and efforts were ongoing to do same in other public offices.
“To further support the efforts to check the spread of the virus, Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers are to ensure that handwashing and sanitation facilities are placed at entrances and strategic points in their MDAs.
“They are also to ensure that, as much as practicable, entrance to MDAs is limited to only one.
“It is equally important that intared thermometers are provided at the entrance for compulsory temperature checks,” the circular read in part.
See below the circular:
According to updated data obtained from the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), as at 11:50pm 30th April, 2020, the country has recorded 1,932 confirmed cases of the coronavirus, 58 deaths, and 319 recoveries.
As of May 1, 2020, the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had been confirmed in around 210 countries or territories.
The virus had infected 3,308,874 people worldwide, and the number of deaths had totaled 234,133. The most severely affected countries include the U.S., Italy, and Spain.
More than 1,075,600 people in the United States have been infected with the coronavirus and at least 63,100 have died, according to a New York Times database. More than 1,000 additional deaths have been announced every day since April 2.
In italy, 205,463 cases have been reported, 27,967 deaths and 75,945 people are now recovering, according to worldometer.
In Spain 239,639 cases have been reported as of April 30, 2020. 24,543 people have been killed by the virus. 137,984 people are recovering.