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COVID-19: Fayemi Orders Ekiti Civil Servants Working From Home To Return To Office

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The Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi has directed all government workers who had been working from home as a result of the coronavirus pandemic to resume back to the office on Monday, 8th March.

The directive was contained in a statement on Tuesday by the state Head of Service, Peju Babafemi.

Naija News understands the affected workers, who are on Grade Levels two to twelve had been working from home since January 2021 based on a directive from the state government targeted at curbing further spread of the virus in Ekiti State.

However, the workers have been ordered back to the office as from Monday.

Explaining the development, Babafemi noted that the directive for the workers to resume duty follows considerable progress noticed in curtailing the virus but the statement added that the workers are expected to continue taking personal responsibility for their health by observing all COVID-19 protocols.

“To curtail the spread of COVID-19 Pandemic, the State Government in January 2021 directed that only officers on Grade Levels 13 and above should continue working in the office while officers on GL.02 to 12 were to work from home.

“This and other measures put in place by the Government have helped control the spread of the virus.

“Considering the progress made so far in curtailing the spread of the virus as well as the Federal and State Governments’ plans for vaccination, His Excellency, Dr John Kayode Fayemi has directed all Public Officers on Grade Levels 02-12 hitherto working from home to resume work on Monday 8, March 2021.

“However, all officers are to continue to take personal responsibility for their health, including proper use of masks (covering nose and mouth), regular hand washing and sanitizing, as well as social distancing. Avoidance of large gatherings should be strictly observed.

“All Accounting Officers should ensure compliance with the above directives in their various MDAs,” the statement read.

In a related development, Nigeria has received 3.94 million doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility, Naija News reports.

The NAFDAC-approved Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in the country around noon on Tuesday, via an Emirates airline.

The Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, the National Coordinator of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Chikwe Ihekweazu, and the Director of National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Faisal Shuaib were at Abuja International airport to receive the vaccines.

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