Federal government workers at grade (GL) 12 and below were ordered to stay at home for five weeks.
Head of the Federation Civil Service (HoCS), dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, issued the directive in a statement Tuesday in Abuja.
She asked workers not to come to work from Wednesday, after President Muhammadu Buhari approved the recommendations of the Presidential Working Group (PTF) for COVID-19.
In light of the second wave of contagions in the country, Yemi-Esan stressed that it has become necessary to target the number of workers who go to work every day.
However, she stated that the workers who were ordered to stay away from the office are expected to perform their duties from home.
“In the meantime, when reporting to their duty offices, officers on GL 13 and later must comply with other preventive measures, including maintaining physical distance, washing and / or repairing hands regularly, wearing face masks and reducing the number of visitors.
“In addition, in accordance with the regulations of the PTF, virtual meetings should be encouraged in the offices in order to minimize physical contacts,” said the head of the state civil service.
It also advised the Permanent Secretaries and Executive Directors to maintain the provision and use of the necessary benefits in accordance with the existing guidelines on preventing the spread of COVID-19 in the country.
According to Yemi-Esan, security guards who would escort the gates to the offices should be instructed to request ID cards from staff coming to the office to ensure they are on GL 13 and above before granting them access to the premises.
She asked permanent secretaries and executive directors in various government ministries, departments and agencies to ensure that workers in their domains comply with the directives.