Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ordered all civil servants in the state not to resume work on Monday, May 4.
The state begins its gradual easing on Monday after a five-week lockdown meant to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease.
In a statement on Sunday evening, the governor told the state’s civil servants not to resume work immediately, saying the delayed resumption is a deliberate attempt to prevent overcrowding in the state.
He, however, added that emergency workers and those on essential duties would be allowed to work on Monday.
“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,” said Mr Sanwo-Olu.
“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 6 am and all movements 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 the 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.”
As of Saturday night, Lagos has 1,068 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 30 fatalities and 247 recoveries.