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Covid-19: Lagos State Government Directs Civil Servants To Work From Home

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwoolu has introduced more preventive measures to break the cycle of transmission of coronavirus among residents.

Sanwo-Olu said civil servants from Grade Level 1 to 12 to stay off office for 14 days and are requested to work from their homes.

This development is coming two days after the State Government shut down schools and suspended public gatherings of more than fifty persons.

 A statement by the Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile said the measure followed confirmation of additional coronavirus cases across the nation on Sunday, with three more confirmed in Lagos.

The stay-at-home directive from the government he says did not affect the civil servants on essential duties and first responders whose levels fall in the cadres.

 Continuing, the governor said “We will review this measure as time goes on. Members of the public are advised to refrain visiting any of our public offices. They are to transact any businesses as it is possible on the phone or online channels. This stay-at-home order does not affect our first responders. Medical personnel, fire fighters, members of emergency services, those in waste management operations and all those on essential services are meant to still be at their duty posts.”

The Governor pleaded with private companies across the State to employ similar measures in curtailing the spread of the virus, urging them to allow non-essential staff to stay off duties for the same period.

Sanwo-Olu, however, frowned at non-compliance to social distancing order by some organisations, including religious houses, stressing that disobedience to the Government’s measures may aggravate the spread of the virus.

The Governor said law enforcement agencies would be embarking actions that would drive strict compliance to measures initiated by the State to protect members of the public.

He re-assured residents that there was no cause for panic, saying his administration remained fully prepared to work with the Federal Government and international healthcare agencies in containing the spread of disease in Lagos.

The Governor maintained that the treatment and eventual discharge of the index COVID-19 patient from Infectious Disease Hospital (IDH) in Yaba was a testimony to the commitment by the State Government to break the cycle of transmission of the virus.

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