Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the governor of Lagos State, directed all civil servants in the state to stay away from work on Monday 4th May.
Live News Nigeria notes that on Sunday night, May 3rd, the five-week complete lockdown imposed on the nation’s economic capital ends and the new process of gradual easing starts on Monday, as directed by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).
But the governor in a statement on Sunday night asked all his officials not to immediately resume work, adding that the delayed resumption of the state’s workforce is a deliberate effort to avoid overcrowding in the state.
He said that only emergency personnel would be permitted to work Monday, and those on important duties.
Sanwo-Olu said, “In amending the work guidelines previously released, which prohibited members of the public service from going to work from grade level 1 to 12; we had to reconsider this role and we are extending the order to all civil servants, irrespective of rank. On Monday all civil servants have to stay away from work.
“On Tuesday only Grade Level 15 and above officers are expressly required to come to work. The Accounting Officer of each Ministry will inform all other essential officers who may need to be at work as required.
“There will be a curfew from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. from Monday and all movement during these hours is forbidden, except for people on critical services, agro-products, petroleum products, relief materials and food supplies.
“We want to use this as a demonstration of our commitment to phasing out the lockdown gradually. We don’t want people to run out tomorrow and see the lockdown easing as wanting to believe the pandemic’s spread is over.