COVID-19: Lagos, Osun Ease Lockdown, Direct Civil Servants to Resume


As Nigeria reaches its second phase of the COVID-19 ease of lockdown, the Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Osun State counterpart, Governor Gboyega Oyetola, have released new guidelines for the relaxation of curfew and lockdown in their states.

While Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State has ordered civil servants from Grade Level 13 to resume work effective Monday, 8 June, Oyetola has also directed civil servants from grade level seven and above to resume work within normal office hours from Monday.

Governor Gboyega Oyetola

Sanwo-Olu during a briefing at the Government House, Marina said: “As regards public service, we are asking all of our officers on Grade Level 13 and 14 on the unified public service to resume work from Monday, June 8, 2020.

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“We are still holding back from Grade Level 1 -12 till further notice”.

Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun has announced the relaxation of the curfew imposed to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the state.

Oyetola in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Ismail Omipidan, on Friday in Osogbo, also directed departmental heads to work out alternate working hours for staff on grade levels One to Six.

The Osun Governor had earlier tweeted through the verified Twitter handle of the state on Thursday, announcing new set of guidelines that would guide the second phase of the gradual reopening of the state’s economy, following the lockdown imposed by the government in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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He said : “The total lockdown earlier imposed on the state from Friday to Sunday has now been eased for the next 14 days in the first instance”.
He was, however, quick to add that, notwithstanding the easing of the lockdown, the ban on political, public, religious and any kind of gatherings.

He further stated that “ All major markets would remain shut, while other markets would be opened but operators must ensure physical distancing and use their face masks, including observing all other precautionary measures in accordance with the established protocols of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC”.

Oyetola had on Wednesday ordered the reopening of worship centres, but insisted that adherents of the two religions would only enjoy one hour of worship each on Friday and Sunday respectively, effective Friday, June 5, 2020.

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Sanwo-Olu has also given approval for the reopening of religious houses on Friday and Sunday only, with the exemption of children under 15 years, and elders from 65 years and above.



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