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FG orders all civil servants to resume Oct 19

Valentine Chinyem

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The Federal Government has directed civil servants who were exempted from work following COVID-19 pandemic outbreak since March, to resume work from Monday 19.

This was made known on Thursday by the Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha; and the National Coordinator, Sanni Aliyu.

FG had earlier asked civil servants of Salary Grade Level 12 and above as well as those on essential duties to resume.

Following the new directive, civil servants below SGL 12 can now resume work.

More so, Ministries, Departments and Agencies are to ensure that they alternate the days the civil servants will be at work.

Aliyu said, “It is, therefore, the informed recommendation of the PTF that Nigeria maintains Phase 3 of the response with further changes to address economic, socio-political and healthcare.

“In this regard, and effective from Monday, October 19, 2020 at a minute past midnight, the following guidelines will come into place.”

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, said only the Federal Capital Territory and Lagos have achieved the target of testing one percent of its population, while 26 states of the federation are yet to test up to 25 percent rate.

He said apart from FCT and Lagos State, three states that have crossed 50 per cent testing rate were Plateau, Gombe and Rivers.

“Twenty-six others are yet to measure up to 25 per cent. This is considered a serious problem which is further compounded by the increasing general apathy and disbelief about the risk of COVID-19 in Nigeria,” he said.