Covid-19: Lagos extends work-from-home directive to public servants

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The Lagos State government has extended the work-from-home directive to all state public servants on Grade levels 14 and below from Monday, February 1, 2021 to Friday, February 26, 2021.

This was disclosed by the State’s Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, via a statement issued on Sunday evening. According to him, the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, took the decision based on pockets of Coronavirus infections observed among public servants in the state.

Muri-Okunola stated that the directive is in line with the Presidential Order on Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) Health Protection Regulations. He advised staff to stay safe by observing all Covid-19 protocols such as the use of face masks, physical distancing and regular washing of hands with soap and water, as well as the use of hand sanitisers.

The Head of Service reiterated that the directive excluded essential duty staff, first responders, as well as officers saddled with assignments in the weekly duty rosters of their respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), adding that all accounting officers were to ensure strict adherence to all directives aimed at guaranteeing physical distancing in the workplace.

Recall that two weeks ago, the State government had extended its work-from-home order to all state public servants on Grade Level 14 and below from Monday, January 18, 2021, to yesterday, Monday, February 1, 2021. This additional measure, it said, is to help curtail the spread of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic. Sanwo-Olu excluded staff on essential duty as well as first responders.

Also, Gov. Sanwo-Olu has approved the clinical trial of Ivermectin drug for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 infection in the State, adding that the State was working hard to ensure oxygen supply met and surpass the demand, noting that the state was on the verge of delivering its second oxygen plant at the Gbagada General Hospital.

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