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Resumption date for civil servants now February 1 — Sanwo-Olu

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Following an upsurge in recorded cases of Coronavirus in Lagos State, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has extended the work –from-home directive to all state public servants on Grade Levels 14 and below to Monday, February 1, 2021.

The directive was contained in a circular to members of the State Executive Council (SEC) and all heads of ministries, departments and agencies by the Head of Service, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola, yesterday.

The decision was taken to successfully curtail the spread of the second wave of COVID-19. Sanwo-Olu, who said the directive excluded essential duty officers, as well as first responders, enjoined all public servants to stay safe and keep adhering to all COVID-19 protocols to rid the state of the pandemic in the shortest possible time.

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The circular entitled “Re: Stemming the tide of the second wave of COVID-19 – Extension of the Work from home directive” also directed all accounting officers to ensure strict compliance with all extant directives, aimed at guaranteeing physical and social distancing in the work place.

“Sequel to Head of Service Circulars Nos.: CIR/HOS/’20/Vol.1/139 of 18th December, 2020 and CIR/HOS/’21/Vol.1/001 of 3rd January, 2021 and in furtherance of the State Government’s effort to successfully curtail the spread of the second wave of COVID-19 Pandemic in the State, it is hereby notified for general information that Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has extended the work from home directive to all State Public Servants on Grade Levels 14 and below with effect from Monday, January 18 to Monday, February 1, 2021.

Expectedly, the directive excludes Essential Duty Staff, as well as First Responders.

“Public servants are, therefore, enjoined to stay safe by adherence to all COVID-19 Protocols. Additionally, Accounting Officers are to ensure strict compliance with all extant directives aimed to guarantee physical distancing in the work place; through weekly preparation of duty rosters as considered germane to the effective service delivery of respective ministries, departments and agencies…”

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