Kogi State Government has directed civil servants on Grade Level 1 – 13 to stay off offices for 14 days.
This order takes effect from Monday, March 23 as part of efforts to prevent the spread of Coronavirus to the state.
Although the state is yet to record a single case of the deadly disease, the country at large has 35cases so far in Lagos, Abuja, Ekiti and Edo.
The state Commissioner for Information and Communication, Kingsley Fanwo, made the announcement in a statement on Monday in Lokoja.
“Only workers from GL 1 to 13 are affected by the directive to stay at home while GL 14 and above are to report at their offices.
“Those rendering essential services are to continue to go to their work places as they are not affected by the work from home directive,” Fanwo said.
According to him, this decision, is subject to review after the first week beginning from March 23.
Fanwo, however, said that civil servants on critical duties will be communicated by the state Head of Service on how to keep the system running.
“The state government is leaving no stone un-turned to ensure the virus do not find its way to the state and if it does, government is prepared to control and manage it,” the statement said.
The commissioner urged residents to ensure adherence to health instructions released by the state’s Ministry of Health on how to prevent the disease as well as ensure personal hygiene.