By Chukwuma Nnaji
Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Kogi State government has directed that workers discharge their official duties from home, beginning Monday.
The government in a statement issued in Lokoja on Sunday, which was signed by Mr. Kingsley Fanwo, the
Commissioner for Information and Communication directed civil servants to work from their respective homes, beginning Monday.
By the directive, workers from GL 1 to 13 and others on essential services are to stay at home, while those on GL 14 and above are to report at their respective offices.
The statement reads: “Following the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic, the Kogi State government has arrived at a decision to keep civil servants at home from Monday, 23rd March, 2020 as a preventive measure to curb the spread of the deadly virus.
“Those who render critical services will be communicated through the Office of the Head of Service of the State, on how to keep the system running without endangering the workers, despite the inevitable decision of government civil servants from GL 1 to 13 are directed to stay off workplaces for 14 days, which is subject to review after the first week starting from Monday 23rd March, 2020.
“Only workers from GL 1 to 13 are affected by the directive to stay at home while GL 14 and above are to report at their offices.
“Those rendering essential services are to continue to go to their workplaces as they are not affected by the “Work from Home” directive.
“The Governor of the State, His Excellency Alh Yahaya Bello has approved the “Work from Home” approach to ensure the virus doesn’t spread through contacts at government offices across the state.
“The Kogi State government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the virus doesn’t find its way to the state and in the unfortunate scenario it does, government is prepared to control and manage the cases.
“No case of the virus has been reported in Kogi State yet, and it is hoped that government’s efforts at staving the virus off the state will prove productive.
“We urge Kogites to ensure adherence to health instructions from the state ministry of health, on how to prevent the disease as well as ensure personal hygiene.”