President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Monday directed all Federal civil servants in Grade Level 12 and below to stay at home for the next five weeks starting from Monday.
The development was disclosed in a statement released by the chairman of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Boss Mustapha.
Mustapha further stated that restrictions have been placed on social and religious gatherings for five weeks.
He said, “Encourage virtual meetings in government offices. The leadership of such offices are to ensure that all offices are well-ventilated offices, and encourage staff to work from home where possible;
“All government staff on GL.12 and below are to stay at home for the next 5 weeks; Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executives are to be held accountable for enforcing NPI rules in their domains with frequent spot checks;
“The PTF on the advice of the Federal Ministry of Education expects that schools would have vacated from the 18th December 2020 and remain closed till at least the 18th of January, 2021 to enable the measures introduced to take effect;
“All persons above the age of 60yrs and/or with comorbidities are to be encouraged to stay at home and avoid crowds;
“All non-essential travels – both domestic and international during the holiday season are seriously discouraged.”
The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control, on Sunday, reported 501 new infections of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in the country.