LAGOS and Kwara States have asked their civil servants to stay at home from today as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu who spoke in Lagos at a news conference said: “We are shutting down almost 70 per cent of our workforce from Monday, 23rd of March 2020. We are shutting down levels 1-12 in our public service for the next 14 days.”
The governor also advised members of the public to refrain from visiting public offices and to transact as much as possible through telephone and on-line channels.
He, however, said that, “the stay at home order does not affect medical personnel, fire service, LASEMA, LAWMA and other first responders and essential services.”
The governor also urged the private sector to take similar steps to ensure that as many people as possible are able to stay at home for the foreseeable future.
“All traditional rulers should instruct all of their subjects and sensitise them on the need to avoid all traditional ceremonies and gatherings at this time”, Sanwo-Olu said.
“We are working to ramp up our capacity to take on new cases as they are confirmed, other health facilities will in due time be developed to support the Mainland Infectious Disease Hospital.
“We are setting up more facilities in Yaba, to contain a likely upsurge in coronavirus, more health workers are being trained and retired health personnel are being put on notice that they may be recalled to serve in this trying times,” Sanwo-Olu said.
“Self-Isolate for at least 14 days if you are just returning from abroad. That would be the right thing to do.
“We must always rise to our challenges. We will win with the cooperation of Lagos residents. We have done this before, we will do it again.”
Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said: “the welfare, security and well-being of all Kwarans are of utmost importance to our administration and, as such, we have embarked on a robust healthcare transformation agenda to give every Kwaran access to better quality and affordable healthcare.”
Aside from ministry of health and essential workers, all civil servants are to work from home.
Last week, the state closed all schools
He added: “Currently, we have no confirmed case of COVID-19 in Kwara State. However, as a proactive government, and consistent with our determination to upgrade healthcare infrastructure.”