COVID-19 lockdown: Nigerian civil servants directed to resume Monday, May 4

President Muhammadu Buhari

Nigeria’s Federal Government has directed civil servants from Level 14 to resume duties effective Monday, May 4.

The directive was contained in a memo signed by the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, on Thursday, and directed to all heads of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies.

She said the workers would be allowed to work only three times in a week, while the closing time would be 2:00 p.m.

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In the memo, the HoS emphasised the need for the observance of social distancing, use of face masks, hand sanitisers, and good general hygiene at all government offices.

She also noted that all Federal Secretariats have been decontaminated with efforts ongoing to do the same in other public offices.

“Further to Mr President’s broadcast on a phased and gradual easing of the lockdown measures occasioned by COVID-19, officers on GL 14 and above and those on essential services are hereby directed to resume work with effect from Monday, May 4, 2020 in the first instance.

“Offices are to open three times a week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday – and close at 2pm on each day, ” the memo read.