Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered all civil servants in the state, irrespective of grade levels, to stay away from work on Monday, May 4.
National Infinity reports that the new directive overrides the earlier directive that officers from grade levels 12 to 15 were to report for duties on Monday.
The five-week total lockdown imposed on Abuja, Lagos and Ogun States by the Federal Government in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak expires on Sunday night, May 3 and the new phase of gradual easing as directed by President Buhari in his nationwide broadcast begins tomorrow.
But the governor in a statement on Sunday evening asked all its civil servants not to resume work immediately, noting that the delayed resumption of the state’s workforce is a deliberate attempt to prevent overcrowding in the state.
He said only emergency workers and those on essential duties would be allowed to work on Monday.
Sanwo-Olu said, “In amending the work guidelines earlier issued, which stopped members of the public service from Grade Level 1 to 12 from going to work; we have had to review this position and we are extending the directive to all civil servants, regardless of level. All civil servants must stay away from work on Monday.
“On Tuesday, only officers from Grade Level 15 and above have express permission to come to work. All other essential officers that may need to be at work will be informed by the Accounting Officer of each Ministry as may be required.
“From Monday on, there will be a curfew from 8 pm to 6am and all movement within these hours are prohibited, except for people on essential services, which are agro-products, petroleum products, relief materials, and food supplies.
“We want to use this as a demonstration of our commitment to the gradual easing of the lockdown. We do not want people to rush out tomorrow and see the easing of the lockdown as an attempt to believe that the spread of the pandemic is all over.”