Lagos State government has ordered civil servants on levels 1 to 12 in the state to stay home for the next two weeks.
This means 70 per cent of the Lagos State workforce will be affected, but workers who hold crucial duties such as healthcare and fire services are exempted.
This is coming after the confirmation of coronavirus cases in Nigeria to a total figure to 30.
According to Channels News, Babajide Sanwo-Olu the governor of Lagos State made the announcement on Sunday during a statewide address. He said:
I’m now hereby directing that all public officers in the entire unified public service from grade level 1 to 12 which constitutes about 70% of our entire public workforce should stay at home from Monday 23rd March 2020 for 14 days at the first instance. We will review this as time goes on.
Members of the public are advised to refrain from visiting any of our public offices and to transact such businesses as is possible that we can do this on the phone or online channels
This stay-at-home (order) does not affect any of our first responders, meaning the medical personal are still meant to be at their duty posts, the fire service, members of the Lagos State Emergency Management Agency, LAWMA and other essential services are not affected by this directive.
In terms of proactive measure we are taking to curb the spread of the disease, we have shut down all public and private schools and institutions of higher learning and we have also instructed that we should not allow congregation gatherings of more than 50 people at any time.
Breaking….!!! Lagos State civil servants from Grade Level 1-12 should stay at home for the next 14 days with effect from tomorrow 23rd of March, 2020 – – – @jidesanwoolu @drobafemihamzat @JokeSanwoolu @YArobieke @gboyegaakosile @Mr_JAGs @LSMOH @Fmohnigeria @Oreoluwa_Finnih pic.twitter.com/3nn99ARs3j
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) March 22, 2020