JUST IN: Buhari directs civil servants to resume work

President Muhammadu Buhari has directed federal civil servants on Grade Levels 12 and 13 as well as those on essential duties to resume full duties amidst an increase in COVID-9 cases

The Nigerian leader gave the directive in a circular on Monday through the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, in Abuja, the nation's capital.

Currently, only workers on Grade Level 14 and above go to offices, and work for just three days in a week, as part of measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19.

Yemi-Esan, in the circular, said that workers affected would resume work from Monday to Friday, and be in the office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. as usual.

She asked chief executive officers to ensure full compliance with the directives on the COVID-19 pandemic preventive measures, including physical distancing, regular washing and/or sanitising of hands and wearing of face masks.

The HoS said that efforts should be made to avoid overcrowding in individual offices. Mrs Yemi-Esan said that where the number of staff resuming work was large, permanent secretaries and chief executive officers should consider the option of duty rosters.

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