Public servants in Oyo State of all cadres on Monday, June 22, 2020, resumed work fully, following the directive of the state government, after a three-month stay-at-home order.
Recall that as part of measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, the state secretariat was closed on March 27; but the secretariat was, however, reopened on April 27, to workers on grade level 13 and above.
But after a meeting by the state Task Force on COVID-19 Governor Seyi Makinde, the State Chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force, directed other categories of state workers to resume work on June 22.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, which who monitored the resumption, reported that some of the workers were seen trooping into the secretariat complex as early as 7:10 a.m. wearing their face masks, and substantially complying with COVID-19 protocols.
Hand sanitisers, hand-washing buckets and liquid detergents were provided by ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs, at the entrance of their respective offices.
NAN also reports that cleaning of some of the offices was ongoing, while some workers who resumed early at their duty posts were seen dusting tables, chairs, and files in readiness for work.
A level 10 officer, Mr Akin Olaitan, revealed that two face masks were provided for each civil servant as they resumed at their respective ministries, commending the state government for the provision of the face masks and other items to contain COVID-19 infection among the civil servants.
Two level 9 officers, Mrs Foluke Adekunle and Miss Eunice Adeyemi, expressed happiness for returning to duty after almost three months of compulsory break, urging their colleagues to abide by the COVID-19 guidelines and other precautionary measures outlined by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and the state government, to contain/prevent the spread of the pandemic.