All civil servants in Lagos State have been ordered not to resume work on Monday, May 4, as earlier directed by the state government.

Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, gave the new directives on Sunday evening as the almost five-week old lockdown of the commercial capital of the nation expires Sunday night and a gradual easing of the lockdown starts on Monday, May 4 as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Sanwo-Olu, in a statement on Sunday evening asked all civil servants, irrespective of grade level not to resume work immediately.

He noted that the new directive delaying the resumption of the state’s workforce is a deliberate attempt to prevent overcrowding in the state.

He reiterated that only emergency workers and those on essential duties would be allowed to work on Monday.

The governor said, “In amending the work guidelines earlier issued, which stopped members of the public service from Grade Level 1 to 12 from going to work; we have had to review this position and we are extending the directive to all civil servants, regardless of level. All civil servants must stay away from work on Monday.

“On Tuesday, only officers from Grade Level 15 and above have express permission to come to work. All other essential officers that may need to be at work will be informed by the Accounting Officer of each ministry as may be required.

“From Monday on, there will be a curfew from 8 pm to 6am and all movement within these hours are prohibited, except for people on essential services, which are agro-products, petroleum products, relief materials, and food supplies.

“We want to use this as a demonstration of our commitment to gradual easing of the lockdown. We do not want people to rush out tomorrow and see the easing of the lockdown as an attempt to believe that the spread of the pandemic is all over.”


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