The Federal Government has given new directives to civil servants on grade level 12 and below amid the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a circular dated January 26, Head of Civil Service, Folasade Yemi-Esan, asked the workers to continue working from home till the end of February, since they have been working from home beginning from December.
The head of service noted that the decision became necessary as part of efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
The circular reads: “Further to the Circular, No. HCSF/3065/Vol.1/47 dated 22nd December 2020, on the above subject; and following the advice of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, all officers on GL 12 and below are to continue working from home till the end of February 2021.
“It is important to emphasise the need to ensure strict compliance with the existing guidelines on the prevention of the spread of COVID-19.”
She urged permanent secretaries and chief executive officers (CEOs) of government agencies to ensure that workers in their departments comply with the directive.
“Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers are enjoined to bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all concerned and ensure compliance.”
Yemi-Esan also addressed the circular to the offices of the Chief of Staff to the President, Clerk of the National Assembly, Permanent Secretaries, among others.
Meanwhile, the Presidential Taskforce (PTF) on COVID-19 extended the third phase of the eased lockdown by one month.
“The PTF is improving on the international travel portal to minimise the challenges passengers keep encountering,” Boss Mustapha, PTF chairman, had said.
“Similarly, it is reviewing the guidelines on the implementation of phase three of the eased lockdown which is due to expire today.
“In view of the fact that our numbers are not abating, all extant measures prescribed in these guidelines are (subject to some modifications) extended by a period of one month with effect from Tuesday, January 26, 2020.”