Civil Servants from Level 14 to Resume Work, Monday May 4

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Civil servants on grade level 14 and above have been directed by the federal government to resume work on Monday, May 4.

This was contained in a circular dated April 30 and addressed to the chief of staff to the president, secretary to the government of the federation (SGF) and all ministers.

Folasade Yemi-Esan, head of service, said offices would only be opened on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and close by 2pm.

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She said all offices should ensure that staff wash their hands and adhere to other guidelines.

“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 4th May, 2020 in the first instance,” the circular read.

“Offices are to open three times a week Monday, Wednesday and Friday and close at 2.00pm on each day. In resuming, the concerned officers are to ensure full compliance with the directives and advice on the COVID-19 pandemic preventive measures including maintenance of social distancing, regular washing and/ or sanitizing of hands and wearing of face masks.

“Officers are advised to limit the number of visitors they receive to the barest minimum and such visitors should also comply with safety and health advice/directives. As you are aware, the Federal Secretariat Complexes have been decontaminated while efforts are ongoing to do some in other public offices.

“To further support the efforts to check the spread of the virus. Permanent secretaries and Chief Executive Officers are to ensure that handwashing and sanitation facilities are placed at entrances and strategic points in their MDAs.

“They are also to ensure that, as much as practicable, entrance to the MDAs is limited to only one. It is equally important that infrared thermometers are provided at the entrance for compulsory temperature checks.”

Meanwhile, the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 headed by Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha has announced the following guidelines for first phase of the lockdown easing:

SECTION I: GENERAL INFORMATION ON NEW COVID-19 MEASURES

Following improvements in the multisectoral response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Federal Government of Nigeria has decided that there will be a phased and gradual easing of the lockdown in Lagos and Ogun States as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) effective from Monday, 4th May, 2020.

The easing of the lockdown will be characterised by the following enforceable actions:

• The mandatory use of non-medical face mask/covering for all persons while in public

spaces. Latex hand gloves should not be worn except for specific medical purposes;

• The mandatory provision of handwashing facilities/sanitizers in all public places;

• All interstate travel is prohibited except for essential travels & services, such as:

transportation of agricultural products, petroleum products, relief items, goods,

commodities related to the COVID-19 response and persons on essential duty;

• Mass gathering of more than 20 people outside of a workplace is prohibited;

• There will be controlled access to markets and locations of economic activities;

• Mandatory temperature checks will be conducted in public spaces;

• Social distancing of 2 metres must be maintained between people in workplaces and other public spaces;

• Retention of the ban on all passenger flights;

• Religious gatherings are still restricted; and

• Mandatory supervised isolation of person(s) arriving from outside the country for at least 14 days.

General Rules and Regulations

• Anyone who presents a temperature of above 380C will be mandated to return home and call NCDC for evaluation;

• Anyone without a face mask/covering will be asked to return home and will be prosecuted;

• Anyone violating the curfew in a non-emergency situation will be prosecuted;

• Anyone attending a gathering of more than 20 people will be prosecuted;

• Institutions that fail to comply with these protocols and guidelines will be prosecuted; and

• Any member of the public who violates the ban on Inter-State movement as outlined in this guideline will be prosecuted.

SECTION II. PROTOCOLS FOR CONTAINMENT OF COVID-19

Activity                Recommendations & Obligation of Operators

PHASE 1               4th -17th May 2020

Curfew                 Imposition of overnight curfew nationwide from 8pm to 6am

General movement

i. May go out for work, to buy necessary foods and for exercise

ii. Movement between LGAs (except metropolitan areas) is strongly discouraged unless for critical reasons such as healthcare and work

iii. Avoid unnecessary contact with people

iv. Mandatory use of face mask/coverings in public

Inter-state travel

(Across State borders)

All inter-state travel for supply chain & services allowed, such as: goods, agro-products with a limited capacity of accompanying personnel, petroleum products, relief items, supplies, construction supplies, registered courier services (DHL, FedEx, etc) and security services

Intra-state travel (public transport- buses, tricycles, taxis)

(Within State borders):

i. Ensure provision of hand sanitizers to all passengers

ii. Reduce occupancy to half for buses (maximum 50% of usual occupancy)

iii. Mandatory Use of face mask/coverings

iv. Mandatory temperature checks

v. Taxis to carry only 4 persons (driver and 3 persons)

vi. Tricycles to carry only 3 persons (driver and 2 persons)

vii. Daily motor park sanitation

viii. Travel should be between 6.00am and 6.00pm

Bus stop/motor park

i. Provide hand washing facilities

ii. Maintain social distancing

iii. Mandatory Use of face mask /coverings

iv. Mandatory temperature checks

v. Provide hand sanitizers and hand washing

vi. Should only open between 6.00am and 6.00pm

Agriculture & Rural development

i. Mandatory use of face masks and social distancing

ii. Persons above age of 65 years and those with underlying chronic illness e.g. diabetes, high blood pressure are advised to remain at home

iii. Trucks bearing agricultural and animal products to be allowed easy passage

iv. Companies involved in food processing can commence operation

v. Ensure provision of hand sanitizers and hand washing facilities

Construction sites (large and small), Public Works

i. Limit number to maintain social distancing

ii. Construction of critical roads to resume

iii. Waivers to be provided by State Govts to enable movement

iv. Mandatory use of face masks/coverings

v. Provide hand sanitizers and hand washing facilities

vi. Open between 6.00am and 6.00pm

Banks and other financial institutions

i. Ensure provision of hand sanitizer to all employees and customers

ii. Limit staff physically working in the office to between 30% to 50%

iii. Limit number of customers to allow social distancing

iv. Mandatory Use of face mask/coverings

v. Encourage online banking

vi. Mandatory temperature checks

vii. Open between 8.00am and 2.00pm

Manufacturing and Pharmaceutical industries, pharmacy shops

i. Ensure provision of sanitizer and hand washing facilities

ii. Limit staff working to between 30-50% to maintain social distancing

iii. Shift work is encouraged; pharmacy shops may remain open overnight

iv. Mandatory use of face masks/coverings

Government offices /other corporate offices and entities

i. Ensure provision of hand sanitizer to all employees and customers

ii. Limit staff physically working in the office to between 30% to 50%

iii. Government staff limited to essential workers and those from GL 14-17 on Monday/Wednesday/Fridays

iv. Limit number of customers to allow social distancing

v. Mandatory use of face masks/coverings

vi. Encourage work from home policy

vii. Mandatory temperature checks

viii. Offices to open between 8.00am and 2.00pm

Neighbourhood Markets

i. Ensure provision of sanitizer and hand washing facilities

ii. Control entry to reduce number to ensure social distancing

iii. Mandatory use of face masks/coverings

iv. Temperature checks

v. Local authorities to determine date and time for opening of the neighborhood markets not more than 3 times a week

vi. Warehouses to open on neighbourhood market days to serve shops

vii. Abattoirs to open three days a week

viii. Ensure strict sanitation compliance

ix. Time of opening 8.00a.m. – 3.00p.m.

Supermarkets

i. Ensure provision of sanitizer and hand washing facilities

ii. Limit number of customers to allow social distancing

iii. Mandatory use of face masks/coverings

iv. Ensure handwashing

v. Mandatory temperature checks

vi. Open 8.00a.m.-3.00p.m.

Restaurants

i. Not open to the public, encourage home delivery

ii. To remain closed to eat-in, until further evaluation

iii. Allow social distancing always

iv. Eateries to practice the takeaway system

v. Open 8.00a.m.-3.00p.m.

Clubs, Bars, Beer Parlors, Gardens, etc

i. To remain closed

ii. The use of recreational parks, communal sports, concerts, social parties, movie theatres are suspended until further notice

Academic institutions and Social engagements

i. All schools to remain closed till further evaluation

ii. Schools are encouraged to continue with e-learning and visual teaching

3. State Governments and Security Agencies are enjoined to ensure effective and strict enforcement of these guidelines.

4. The level of compliance with these guidelines will be reviewed in 2 weeks before additional guidelines for phase 2 is issued.

Delay in 2019 Budget Passage reason we missed-out on FG N43bn lifeline – A’Ibom Gov

Governor Udom Emmanuel has corrected insinuations that Akwa Ibom State missed out on the N43b shared by the Federal Government to some states of the federation for the ease of economic inconveniences occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, for lack of transparency.

The Governor in his reaction said the reason the state missed the grant was because of the late passage of the 2019 budget which he said was the condition required for the payment by the World Bank Assisted States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability (SFTAS) Programme-for-Results.

Clarifying further, Governor Emmanuel recalled that the immediate past State House of Assembly had been constrained in its duties due to the political fracas which occurred between members of the House with different political interest; an action he explained, crippled the House’ sittings and hindered the smooth running of her activities.

As a result, there was a delay in the passage of the 2019 budget whereas, the SFTAS required that only states which passed the previous years’ budget early enough would benefit from the grant.

The State Chief Executive frowned at hasty conclusions made by some persons and called for indepth investigations and findings on government activities from concerned members of the public rather than mislead the people with erroneous information.