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COVID-19: Head of Service decries violation of restriction order

Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), Dr Folashade Yemi- Esan.

Federal Government has decried the level of non-compliance with directives and advice on the COVID-19 pandemic measures in government offices.

The Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), Dr Folashade Yemi- Esan says in a statement on Monday that government workers who should not go to offices are doing so.

She noted that staff were also not adhering to the advice to limit the number of visitors they receive to the barest minimum, in order to curb the spread of the disease.

“The attention of the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation has been drawn to the fact that these guidelines are not being complied with. She said specifically, it has been noticed that the flow of both the staff and visitors to offices is very high which, sadly, indicates that the directives in the circular in reference are being observed in the breach, ” according to her.

Dr Yemi- Esan reiterated that the previous directive by the federal government that only officers from Grade Level 14 and above, including those on essential services, are to report to duty on a daily basis while the rest officers continue to work from home.

She said that Security operatives at the gates should be directed to demand for the identity card of staff coming to the office to ensure that they are on GL 14 and above, while the list of those performing essential services but are below level GL14 should be sent to the gates for clearance.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, further appealed to Permanent Secretaries/Chief Executive Officers to reduce the number of physical meetings in the MDAs to the barest minimum and hold virtual meetings.

“Furthermore, to streamline the conduct of virtual meetings, the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation is working with the Federal Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy to come up with policy guideline which will be issued soon,” she added.

Dr Yemi-Esan stressed that all Permanent Secretaries/Chief Executive Officers need to ensure their staff comply strictly with the directives in the circular, the earlier ones and any other directives, guideline or advice that may be given by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.

President Muhammadu Buhari, in a broadcast in April, while speaking on the phased and gradual easing of the lockdown measures occasioned by COVID-19, said officers on Grade Level 14 and above and those on essential services were directed to resume work with effect from May 4.

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