From Noah Ocheni, Lokoja
Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, Civil servants in Kogi State have been directed to remain at home for two weeks as from Monday (23rd March 2020)
In a press statement by the State Commissioner of Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo said Government decided to keep civil servants at home from Monday as a preventive measure to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
The statement stressed that those who render critical services will be communicated through the Office of the Head of Service on how to keep the system running without endangering the lives of workers, in view of the inevitable decision of Government.
Those affected according to the Commissioner are Civil servants from GL 1 to 13 who are to stay off workplaces for 14 days which is subject to review after the first week starting from Monday 23rd March, 2020.
“Officers on GL 14 and above are to report at their Offices and those rendering essential services are to continue to work at their workplaces as they are not affected by the Work from Home” the statement added.
Kogi state Governor, Alh Yahaya Bello approved the “Work from Home” approach to ensure that the virus doesn’t spread through contacts at Government offices across the state.
He assured that the Kogi State Government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure the virus doesn’t find its way to the state and in the unfortunate scenario it does, Government is prepared to control and manage the cases.
However, no case of the virus has been reported in Kogi State yet. “We urge Kogites to ensure adherence to health instructions from the State Ministry of Health on how to prevent the disease as well as ensure personal hygiene.”