Nigeria’s Government has directed all public servants on salary grade level 12 and below to continue working from home till March 31.
This directive came at a time when the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said 464 new infections were reported in various parts of the country on Wednesday.
The disclosure was made on Wednesday in a statement by Mr Abdulganiyu Aminu, Director of Press and Public Relations at the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF).
The statement confirmed that the directive was issued by HCSF, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, in a circular titled ‘Stay-At-Home Directive Continues Ref -HCSF/3065/VOL.I/83.’
She explained that the latest directive was in adherence to the advice of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.
Yemi-Esan who acknowledged a reduction in the number of reported cases of COVID-19, stressed that the downward trajectory needed to be sustained, hence the need for the extension of the work-from-home directive.
Aminu also stressed the need for all public servants to continue to ensure strict compliance with the existing Covid-19 protocol guidelines to prevent further spread of the disease.
The Head of Service appealed to all Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers in various ministries to bring the content of the circular to all concerned and ensure strict compliance.
The NCDC which is responsible for the management of disease outbreaks in the country noted that 16 more fatalities were reported on Wednesday, raising the death toll from the disease to 1,939.
Nigeria has a total of 156,963 confirmed cases with 135,831 cases discharged and 19,212 active cases out of the 1,544,008 samples tested so far as of 9am on March 4, 2021.