FG Sets December 1st Deadline For Civil Servants To Take COVID-19 Vaccine

In this photo taken on August 16, 2021, a health official holds a vaccine tube and a syringe as Nigeria commences the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.
In this photo taken on August 16, 2021, a health official holds a vaccine tube and a syringe as Nigeria commences the second phase of COVID-19 vaccination. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

The Federal Government has set a deadline of December 1 for civil servants to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Chairman of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, announced this at a briefing on Wednesday in Abuja.

“With effect from 1st December 2021, Federal Government employees shall be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination, or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours to gain access to their offices in all locations within Nigeria and our Missions.

“An appropriate service-wide advisory/circular will be issued to guide the process,” the SGF said.

He also revealed that the government has removed South Africa, Brazil, and Turkey from the list of countries where travellers have been restricted from coming into Nigeria as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mustapha explained that the government took the decision to lift the ban following an emergency meeting held before the briefing.

He also commended the United Kingdom for reviewing its travel protocols which allowed fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria to enter the country without having to self-isolate after their arrival.

“Over several months, four countries were placed on high-level restriction for travellers from such countries,” the SGF said. “The PSC has after a review of the developments in these countries, decided to remove South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil from the restricted list.

“As you are aware, the UK has eased restrictions on fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria to the UK with effect from 11th October. Nigeria welcomes this development and assures that the PSC shall continue to review Nigeria’s protocols based on global developments, science, and national experience. A revised protocol will be issued in the next 24 hours.”

He alerted Nigerians on the forthcoming two major religious festivities – Salah and Christmas, noting that there would be increased passenger traffic in and out of the country Similarly and possibly events of large gatherings.

Mustapha, who said the PSC would escalate surveillance and other control activities, urged the states and all Nigerians to increase their vigilance.

Read the full text of his briefing below:

REMARKS OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PRESIDENTIAL STEERING COMMITTEE ON COVID -19 AT THE NATIONAL BRIEFING ON WEDNESDAY 13TH OCTOBER, 2021

I welcome you to the National briefing of the Presidential Steering Committee on COVID-19 for the 13th October 2021. Today’s briefing, coming after an emergency meeting, will update Nigerians on some key developments.

2. The briefing today will therefore be focusing on updates from the NCDC, Countries on the restriction list, our relationship with the UAE on Emirates and the vaccines mandate.

3. Statistics generated over the last four weeks on testing have shown that the trend of infection is going down in some states while in others, the trajectory is upward. The combined total for testing by PCR and RDT now stands at about 3.141, 795 million persons.

4. The aviation authorities in collaboration with the diplomatic sector have made reasonable progress in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Discussions are still ongoing with the UAE authorities to resolve the impasse.

The Hon Minister of Aviation today, presented the position of African countries on Vaccine Passport which some economic blocks and countries wish to impose, for travel purposes. This is because African countries have found it difficult to access the vaccines for their citizens in sufficient numbers.

5. Over several months, four countries were placed on high-level restrictions for travellers from such countries. The PSC has after a review of the developments in these countries, decided to remove South Africa, Turkey, and Brazil from the restricted list.

6. As you are aware, the UK has eased restrictions on fully vaccinated travellers from Nigeria to the UK with effect from 11th October. Nigeria welcomes this development and assures that the PSC shall continue to review Nigeria’s protocols based on global developments, science and national experience. A revised protocol will be issued in the next 24 hours.

7. With effect from 1st December 2021, Federal Government employees shall be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or present a negative COVID-19 PCR test result done within 72 hours, to gain access to their offices, in all locations within Nigeria and our Missions. An appropriate service-wide advisory/circular will be issued to guide the process.

8. The PSC wishes to put Nigerians on notice that two major religious festivities (Salah and Christmas) are approaching and we shall be experiencing increased passenger traffic in and out of the country. Similarly, events of large gatherings are likely to hold. While the PSC prepares to escalate surveillance and other control activities, we urge the States and all Nigerians to also increase their vigilance and take measures to moderate activities.

9. I thank you for your patience. The PSC shall be elaborating on all these at our next regular briefing.

Kenya Tells Civil Servants To Get COVID-19 Shots Or Risk Disciplinary Action

File Photo: Tauseef MUSTAFA / AFP

 

Kenyan civil servants have until late August to get vaccinated against Covid-19 or risk disciplinary action, according to a government document made public this week.

The order comes as parliament is due to consider a motion to bar unvaccinated people or those without negative Covid certificates from certain public and private spaces.

Kenya is witnessing a surge in coronavirus cases but the vaccine rollout remains slow, with less than three percent of the 47 million population having had shots.

“Some public servants have deliberately avoided getting vaccinated so that they can stay away from work under the guise of working from home,” public service head Joseph Kinyua said in a memo to government ministries.

“This is against a background of access to vaccines having greatly improved.”

He said there had been a low uptake of vaccines among public servants particularly in the security sector, teachers and core civil service workers — designated as essential workers by the government.

Those who have not had a first jab by August 23 will be “treated as discipline cases and appropriate action taken against them”, Kinyua said, without elaborating on what the penalties may be.

The country aims to have inoculated at least 26 million people by the end of next year.

MPs are also due to debate on Thursday a motion to deny people access to private and public spaces if they are not fully vaccinated or do not possess a negative Covid-19 certificate.

It was not immediately clear where the proposed restrictions would apply.

At the end of last month the government extended until further notice a nighttime curfew across the country and banned public gatherings, warning that hospitals were becoming overwhelmed.

In total the East African country has registered more than 213,000 coronavirus infections of which 4,211 have been fatal, and recently the daily caseload has often topped 1,000.

Weekly positivity rates have risen from averages of seven percent in early June to nearly 15 percent now.

AFP

Rivers Govt Asks All Civil Servants To Resume Work After Three Months

A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
A file photo of Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.

 

The Rivers State government has directed all civil servants from grade levels 1 to 13 to resume work on Thursday, after a three-month break to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Rufus Godwins, the Head of the Civil Service in the state, made the announcement in a statement on Wednesday in Port Harcourt, the state capital.

He, however, warned the workers to strictly comply with the mandatory COVID-19 protocols by observing social distancing, wearing facemasks, and using hand sanitiser.

Godwins also directed all permanent secretaries and heads of extra-ministerial offices to monitor and ensure the workers observe the guidelines.

The government had instructed the affected civil servants to stay at home on January 20, following the spike in the second wave of the virus in the state.

However, those providing essential services were exempted from the directive, and workers on grade level 14 and above were asked to be on duty and assume full responsibilities for their offices.

The statement signed by Godwins in January read, “Following the current increase in the number of COVID-19 cases, in the second wave of the pandemic, his excellency, the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, has directed all civil servants on salary scale 01-13 except those on essential duty to stay away from duty forthwith.

“While officers from Grade levels 14 and above, should be on duty and assume full responsibilities for their offices till further notice.

“This directive which takes effect from Wednesday 20th January 2021, shall remain in force until his excellency directs otherwise, please.

“The government urged all Permanent Secretaries and Heads of extra-ministerial offices should ensure compliance with this directive and observe strictly all COVID-19 protocols.”

Remain At Home Till March 31, FG Tells Workers On Grade Level 12 And Below

A file photo of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation (HoCS), Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

 

The Federal Government has directed all public servants on salary grade level 12 and below to continue working from home till the end of March 2021.

This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday by Mr Abdulganiyu Aminu, the Director of Press and Public Relations at the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation (OHCSF).

The statement noted that the HCSF, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, issued the directive in a circular titled ‘Stay-At-Home Directive Continues Ref -HCSF/3065/VOL.I/83.’

She explained that the latest directive was in adherence to the advice of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19.

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Dr Yemi-Esan affirmed a reduction in the number of reported cases of COVID-19 but stressed that the downward trend needed to be maintained, hence the need for the extension of the work-from-home directive.

He also emphasised the need for all public servants to continue to ensure strict compliance with the existing guidelines on the prevention of a further spread of the disease.

The Head of Service appealed to all Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers in various ministries to bring the content of the circular to all concerned and ensure strict compliance.

A file photo of a health worker writing on a paper. Channels TV/ Sodiq Adelakun.

 

More Cases, New Deaths

The directive came at a time when the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) said 464 new infections were reported in various parts of the country on Wednesday.

In an early-morning tweet on Thursday, the health agency stated that the new cases were recorded in 21 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

Of the states, Lagos was the only place where cases above the 100 mark were reported – 131, followed by Kaduna, Akwa Ibom, and Imo where 69, 33, and 31 more infections were reported.

Other states were Katsina – 30, Kano – 26, Ondo – 23, Yobe – 20, FCT – 18, Ogun – 13, Rivers – 12, Kebbi – 11, Ekiti – nine, Osun – six, Oyo – six, Borno – five, Gombe – five, Plateau – five, Edo – four. Abia – three, Delta – three, and Zamfara – one.

The NCDC which is responsible for the management of disease outbreaks in the country noted that 16 more fatalities were reported on Wednesday, raising the death toll from the disease to 1,939.

Nigeria has a total of 156,963 confirmed cases with 135,831 cases discharged and 19,212 active cases out of the 1,544,008 samples tested so far as of 9am on March 4, 2021.

Lagos Govt Asks Civil Servants To Work From Home For Another Two Weeks

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Photo: [email protected]

 

The Lagos State government has directed all public servants on Grade Levels 14 and below to continue working from home for another two weeks.

It explained that the extension order to the workers who were expected to resume on Monday followed the increase in recorded cases of COVID-19 in the state.

The state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, said the workers would now resume on January 18, 2021, the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Gboyega Akosile, revealed in a statement on Sunday.

READ ALSO: Lagos Govt Shuts Down Schools Indefinitely, Directs Civil Servants To Work Remotely

Noting that essential duty staff and first responders were excluded from the directive, he urged all the public servants to stay safe and keep adhering to all COVID-19 protocols in order to rid the state of the pandemic in the shortest possible time.

Governor Sanwo-Olu’s directive was contained in a circular issued by the Head of Service, Hakeem Muri-Okunola, to members of the State Executive Council and all heads of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on Sunday.

The circular entitled “Re: Stemming the Tide of the Second Wave Of COVID-19 Pandemic” also stated that the Year 2021 First Work Day Prayer Session for all public servants in Lagos State would be held virtually on Monday.

It read:

Sequel to Head of Service Circular Ref. No: CIR/HOS/’20/Vol.1/139 of 18th December 2020 on stemming the tide of the second wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the state, it is hereby notified for general information that Mr Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has further directed all State Public Servants on Grade Levels 14 and below to continue working from home till Monday, 18th January 2021.

Expectedly, the directive excludes Essential Duty Staff, as well as First Responders.

Furthermore, while wishing all staff, a prosperous and fulfilling year, please be informed that the Y2021 First Work Day Prayer Session for all Public Servants in Lagos State shall be held in line with tradition on Monday 4th January 2020.

However, in keeping with COVID-19 Protocols, the session shall be held via zoom and streamed live on Facebook.

In addition, all public servants are enjoined to stay safe and to keep adhering to all COVID-19 protocols in order to rid the state of the pandemic in the shortest possible time.

All heads of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies are urged to note the contents of this circular for compliance and give it the deserved Service-wide publicity.

Umahi Approves Promotion Of Civil Servants In Ebonyi

Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi

 

The Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi has approved the promotion of civil servants in Ebonyi State.

This was contained in a statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Media and Publicity, Francis Nwaze.

He said the promotion was based on the vacancy created by those retired or other occurrences in the service.

The governor also directed heads of different MDAs’ to immediately commence a compilation of all vacancies in their MDAs and schedule for a written promotion examination which will be the determining factor for those that will be promoted.

Read Full Statement Below:

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

December 31, 2020

The Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Chief David Nweze Umahi, FNSE, FNATE has again, graciously approved the promotion of civil servants in Ebonyi State based on available vacancy and this is to commence from 2021.

The Governor explained that promotion is based on vacancy created by those retired or other occurrences which may have caused a vacancy in the service.

Furthermore, Governor Umahi directs heads of different MDAs’ to immediately commence a compilation of all vacancies in their MDAs and schedule for a written promotion examination which will be the determinant of those to be promoted.

Francis Nwaze
Special Assistant to the Governor
(Media and Publicity)

Lagos Govt Shuts Down Schools Indefinitely, Directs Civil Servants To Work Remotely

A file photo of Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu. Photo: [email protected]

 

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has directed that all government and private schools in the state be shut down until further notice.

This forms part of the public health directives issued by the governor on Friday, as the state government prepares for a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

He also directed all public servants from Grade Level 14 and below, except emergency workers and first responders, to work from home for the next 14 days starting from Monday next week – in the first instance.

The governor, who tested positive for COVID-19 recently and said he was getting better by the day, stressed that concerts, carnivals and street parties were banned in Lagos until further notice.

According to him, night clubs have not been allowed to open yet and all night clubs in the state should be shut down indefinitely with immediate effect.

Governor Sanwo-Olu stated that the 12am to 4am curfew imposed by the Federal Government remained in place, and the protocol of ‘No Mask No Entry’ must be enforced by all public places such as offices, businesses, markets, and shops, among others.

He asked churches, mosques, and other places of worship to ensure all gatherings must not exceed two hours with 50 per cent of the maximum capacity of the venue.

Governor Sanwo-Olu directed that guests and service providers with high temperature (above 37.5 degrees) should be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team.

He stated that health, safety and environment officers must be present at all public gatherings – whether religious or social – and should be trained in basic first aid procedures.

Read the full statement issued by the governor below:

We Cannot Afford To Relax The Battle Against COVID-19

Dear Lagosians,

Compliments of the Season.

Regarding my health, I am glad to inform you that I am getting better by the day, and all will surely be well. I thank Lagosians for their prayers and overwhelming kind thoughts. I am, indeed, very grateful.

I have just risen from a virtual Executive Council meeting on issues around the resurgence of COVID-19 and how we should tackle this serious matter.

The Lagos State Government has sadly noticed that there is an unfortunate public perception that we have seen the end of the COVID-19 pandemic; that the worst is over. This is absolutely wrong and dangerous.

We are getting credible reports that the entertainment industry is planning large gatherings, concerts, street parties and carnivals, in the spirit of the Yuletide. Night Clubs have also re-opened in reckless disregard of the existing guidelines, and Events Centers are operating with huge gatherings without any regard for public health and safety guidelines.

This same disregard for Coronavirus guidelines is also being observed with Places of Worship across the State, in both their regular gatherings and the special gatherings organized to commemorate this Season.

Dear Lagosians, this overwhelming non-compliance with guidelines meant to keep us all safe is very disheartening, especially when we consider that the message at the heart of Christmas is one of sacrifice and sacrificial conduct; embodied by the Holy Bible in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

Christmas is a commemoration of this supreme act of sacrifice by God. The least we can do in this Season is to emulate that spirit of sacrifice, by abiding with difficult but necessary protective guidelines, for the greater good of all of us. This is certainly not the time to lower our guard against the Coronavirus; it is instead time to step up our battle against this stubborn virus that has gripped the world for several months now.

A Second Wave

As you are all aware, Lagos State is recording an increase in COVID-19 cases in all local governments. This is not peculiar to Lagos alone; the entire country is also seeing an uptick in the numbers of confirmed cases of Coronavirus disease.

Of every 100 tests that we now perform, an average of 10 turn out to be positive. This is an increase from the 5 per hundred recorded in September, but lower than our peak in August which was between 20 and 30 per hundred. This suggests the existence of active community transmission and represents the very likely possibility of the emergence of the second wave in Lagos State.

This second wave calls for a full re-awakening of caution and precaution. The complacency that crept in over the last few months as a result of our early interventions when cases started to decline from our peak in August, must now give way to an abundance of vigilance.

 

Testing And Treatment

We are ramping up testing, we have now recently surpassed the 3,000 tests per day mark, and we will keep raising this number. So far, we have performed 197,000 tests in Lagos State of which 26,000 have been diagnosed positive for COVID-19. Sadly, we have lost 226 persons (May their souls rest in peace). It is important to note that Lagos already tests far more than any other State, accounting for 25 percent of the total numbers tested nationwide.

It should be reiterated that Testing in the designated public facilities remains free; the Lagos State

Government does not charge for Covid-19 Tests in its Testing Centers. The only test centers where there is a charge are the private ones, and these are for intending travelers and also those who seek to know their status for some reason or the other.

ALL persons who are showing symptoms and fit the case definition for the Coronavirus disease will continue to be tested free of charge in the government testing facilities. Collection of samples for testing remains freely available in our sample collection centers spread across all the Local Government Areas in the State.

The majority of patients are electing to isolate at home, but our public isolation centers – of which the IDH in Yaba is the flagship – continue to remain open to patients.

We are working hard to ensure that all the supplies and consumables required are constantly made available, and we encourage all persons who have tested positive and are showing symptoms to seek care in our Isolation Centers.

Do not seek treatment for the disease in private hospitals that have not been accredited for such treatment.

Let me also sound a note of warning to all private testing facilities that are complicit in the allegations of colluding with individuals to issue fake Covid-19 Test Results. We have zero tolerance for this kind of criminal conduct, and will not hesitate to prosecute anybody found culpable, in addition to shutting down the offending laboratories.

 

A Note Of Caution

Dear Lagosians, you will all agree with me that we cannot afford another lockdown of the economy. Amidst an economic recession we must find a way to delicately balance the imperatives of life and livelihood. With this in mind, the only solution available to us is to take responsibility for all our actions, and to understand that we must stay safe not only for ourselves but for the sake of the entire society.

The data we have – we strive to ensure that our decisions are as data-driven as possible – does not warrant the introduction of a drastic lockdown; we can achieve a lot simply by modifying our behaviour in other ways: reducing the size of gatherings, complying with containment protocols, and applying common sense.

The Lagos State Government is now sounding a clear note of caution to all residents on the importance of maintaining the guidelines that we have put in place to protect us from the ravages of COVID-19. We cannot afford a reversal of the gains we have made against this pandemic.

 

Public Health Directives

For the avoidance of doubt, the following measures must be noted and complied with:

  • All public servants from GL 14 and below, except emergency workers and first responders, are to work from home as from Monday, December 21st for the next 14 days – in the first instance.
  • All schools must shut down with immediate effect, and until further notice.
  • Concerts, carnivals and street parties are banned in Lagos State until further notice.
  • Night Clubs have not been allowed to open yet. All Night Clubs in Lagos must immediately shut down, until further notice.
  • The midnight to 4am curfew imposed by the Federal Government remains in place.
  • The protocol of ‘No Mask No Entry’ must be enforced by all public places: Offices, Businesses, Markets, Shops, and so on.
  • All Places of Worship (Churches, Mosques, etc.) must ensure that no gathering exceeds two hours, and also that no gathering exceeds 50% of the maximum capacity of the Venue.
  • All Event Planners must obtain prior clearance from the Lagos State Safety Commission (www.lasgsafetyreg.com) for all events, and ensure that any planned gatherings do not exceed 300 people.
  • Where the capacity of a Venue exceeds 300 and permission has been granted, the occupancy shall not be more than 50% of such a venue.
  • Ample ventilation must also be maintained at all times in all Venues, and Deep cleaning of the premises must be carried out BEFORE and AFTER every event.
  • A minimum of 2 meters’ distance should be maintained between seated or standing guests.
  • All guests and service providers at events MUST wear nose masks/coverings before entry.
  • Hand sanitizers or hand washing units are to be positioned at the entry point and various spots within the hall. Provision must be made for all guests and service providers to wash their hands before entering the venue or use hand sanitizers, as well as undergo a temperature check, which is mandatory.
  • Guests and service providers with high temperature (above 37.5) are to be politely turned back and referred to paramedics or the emergency response team that must be present.
  • Health, Safety, and Environment Officers must be present at all public gatherings (Religious or Social) and must be trained in basic first aid procedures.
  • All Events’ Staff must also be educated on recognising COVID-19 symptoms.
  • The Safety Commission has been directed to visit Event Centres and gauge compliance with the established guidelines, to stop the virus from spreading. If there is evidence of lack of compliance at any Event Centre, it will be shut down immediately.
  • Security agents have been mandated to ensure full enforcement, without exception. No one will be deemed to be above the law.
  • Any and all breaches of these regulations and public health protocols will lead to immediate closure as well as attract heavy fines, and any other sanctions and penalties deemed fit, in line with the Lagos State Infectious Diseases Control Regulation 2020.
  • Event Centre Owners/Planners/Vendors will be responsible for any breach of protocols by their Staff.

We will continue to closely watch the profile of the unfolding situation, while also awaiting updates and pronouncements from the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19. We will also keep working with the Presidential Task Force to ensure that the gains of the recent past are not frittered away on the altar of festivities and sheer carelessness. The lives of ALL Lagosians, including our elders and other vulnerable citizens, matter.

May I remind you of the importance of maintaining the principles of non-pharmaceutical interventions and measures that are well documented strategies for interrupting the spread of the disease in our society. These measures are:

  • Social distancing, a minimum of 2 meters apart.
  • The wearing of face masks at all times in public places.
  • Maintenance of personal and respiratory hygiene – regular handwashing / sanitizing, coughing or sneezing into a tissue and properly disposing.
  • Presentation for testing at our numerous public and private testing facilities if you experience any of the COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Isolation either at home or in any of our Treatment Centres if diagnosed positive for COVID-19.

These measures represent the only way to keep the curve flattened and prevent a full-blown second wave from developing in Lagos.

 

The Responsibility Lies With Us

Fellow Lagosians,

Let us take responsibility for the welfare and safety of all while we enjoy the festive season with friends and families. It is important that as a community we strictly abide by the above regulations in the context of a global pandemic, without prejudicing our efforts to keep the economy running and maintain our means of livelihood to a sufficient extent.

Let us use this festive season to spend quality time in small but controlled gatherings with family and friends in the spirit of the season.

This virus does not discriminate. We must TAKE RESPONSIBILITY, and not treat this pandemic with levity.

Let me repeat, as I close, that we will not hesitate to bring the full weight of the law to bear on any person or organization caught breaching our public health regulations and protocols with regards to the Coronavirus disease.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year in advance.

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Incident Commander and

Governor, Lagos State.

Niger Uncovers 350 Dead, Retired Civil Servants Still On Pay Roll

Map of Niger State

 

An investigation by the Niger State government has revealed that 340 civil servants in the state are either dead or retired but are still receiving salaries.

Also, workers numbering over 3,000 were discovered to have joined the civil service with forged certificates.

A committee set up by the state government to look into the over blotted salary bills of the state disclosed this to journalists on Monday at the Government House in Minna, Niger State capital.

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Chairman of the Committee and Commissioner of Works, Ibrahim Panti told journalists that the findings took place after the Head of Service of the state forwarded the names of 26,387 civil servants to the committee, but only 25,861 of them were discovered to have registered on the screening portal.

Panti also revealed that 1,789 civil servants did not complete the screening process due to credential problems among others, while 773 civil servants among those who registered absented themselves from the screening exercise.

A total number of 169 screened staff were discovered missing from the September 2020 payment schedule submitted by the office of the Head of Service.

The committee said it is however still looking into the issues of some of the civil servants who may have a genuine reason for being absent.

Panti added that the comprehensive used in auditing the civil servants are available for possible human management development and for government stakeholders’ use.

“These data would henceforth serve as the fulcrum for easy identification of each employee going forward and is hereby presented for the restructuring of the state civil service,” Mr Panti said.

Do Not Join Labour Strike, FG Warns Civil Servants

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan.

 

The Federal Government has warned civil servants against participating in the planned nationwide strike called by the organised Labour.

The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), and its affiliate unions had called on workers to embark on an indefinite industrial action on Monday over the price of petrol and electricity tariff.

But in a statement issued on Saturday, the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, asked civil servants to be at work, saying the government is engaging with the union officials over the issue.

“Accordingly, all officers on grade level 12 and above and those on essential services are hereby strongly advised to be at work to perform their official duties.

“Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers are, therefore, enjoined to bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all concerned officers and ensure strict compliance,” the statement partly read.

Yemi-Esan argued that there is a court injunction granted by the National Industrial Court with suit number, NICN/ABJ/253/2020 issued on September 24 on the matter.

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The court order, she noted, had restrained the NLC and TUC from embarking on any form of industrialisation action pending the hearing and determination of a motion on notice.

“Sequel to the Labour Unions for workers to embark on industrial action from Monday, Sept. 28, the office of the HOCSF wishes to inform all public servants that the Federal Government team is currently engaging with the labour unions with the view to resolving all contentious issues and avert the planned industrial actions,” she said.

The HOCSF’s directive comes 24 hours after Justice Ibrahim Galadima of the National Industrial Court in Abuja issued a fresh restraining order against the unions, following an ex parte application by the Office of the Attorney-General of the Federation.

The fresh order came a day after the same judge made a similar restraining ex parte order in favour of a group, Peace and Unity Ambassadors Association, on Thursday.

The judge ordered that both the NLC and the TUC joined as the defendants in the suit should be served with the fresh court order within seven days from Friday.

Kaduna Civil Servants Resume Work After Three Months Lockdown

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

Civil servants in Kaduna State resumed work on Monday after three months lockdown imposed by the state government as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The main gate of the state secretariat which had been shut following the closure of the complex since March 26, was reopened for activities today.

During a visit to some offices, Channels Television observed that most senior workers came to work in compliance with the gradual ease of lockdown by Governor Nasir El-Rufai.

El-Rufai had last month approved a phased and gradual easing of lockdown measures with the reopening of places of worship, hotels and some other private businesses.

This development comes two days after a circular from the Office of the Head of Service directed senior civil servants to work from Mondays to Fridays.

While it concerns senior civil servants within the ranks of permanent secretaries and Chief executives of agencies and parastatals, other officers on grade level 14 and above are expected to come to work three times in a week.

Meanwhile, schools and markets remain shut with others expected to resume in due course.

COVID-19: Kaduna Civil Servants To Resume Work On Monday

A file photo of Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai.

 

The Kaduna State Government has directed its civil servants to report to work on Monday, July 20 after working remotely for over three months at home following the lockdown which quarantined all residents on March 26.

A circular issued by the Office of the Head of Service, says that different categories of workers will work on different days of the week from 9 am to 3 pm.

According to the circular which was signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Office of the Head of the Service, Ibrahim Jere, all Permanent Secretaries, Directors General, Chief Executives of Agencies, and Parastatals, as well as Directors will work from Monday to Friday.

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The circular further states that officers on Grade Level 14 and above will work for three days, including Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, while officers on Grade Level 7 to 13 will work on Tuesdays and Wednesdays only.

It also noted that in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, visitors  will be  restricted from visiting offices, adding that the order will be “enforced by assigning  staff officers to identify their staff at the entrance gate from 8.30 am to 9.30 am.”

According to Jere, the COVID-19 prevention protocols will be strictly complied with by all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) as well as all arms of government.

The protocols include social distancing at workplaces, subjecting all workers to daily temperature checks at the entrance of the MDAs, observing respiratory hygiene, and handwashing among others.

All Civil Servants On Grade Level 14 And Above To Resume Work From Monday – FG

This file photo shows the Federal Secretariat Secretariat complex in Abuja.

 

The Federal Government has ordered civil servants from level 14 and above, to resume their duties effective Monday, May 4.

In a communique on Thursday evening, the Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan stressed that the resumption order includes those on essential services across the country.

According to the statement, all those mandated to resume on Monday will be allowed to work three times a week and closing time would be 2 pm.

The Head-Of-Service further directed that those who are resuming must adhere strictly to the observance of social distancing, use of face masks, hand sanitisers, and good general hygiene, adding all Federal Secretariats have been decontaminated and efforts were ongoing to do same in other public offices.

Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan

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Below is the full statement as released from Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan’s office.

OFFICE OF THE HEAD OF CIVIL SERVICE OF THE FEDERATION

30th April, 2020

PRESS RELEASE

PARTIAL RESUMPTION OF OFFICERS ON GRADE LEVEL 14 AND ABOVE INCLUDING THOSE ON ESSENTIAL DUTIES

The Head of Service (HOS) of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi -Esan has directed officers on Grade Level 14 and above including those on essential services to resume work with effect from Monday, 4th May, 2020.

The directive is further to President Muhammadu Buhari’s broadcast on a phased and gradual easing of the lockdown measures occasioned by COVID-19.

The Head of Service in her statement also issued the following directives;

Offices are to open Three (3) times a week, namely Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The closing time shall be 2.00pm on each day.

The concerned officers are to ensure full compliance with the directives and advice on the prevention of the COVID -19 pandemic.

These measures include maintenance of social distancing, regular washing and /or sanitizing of hands and wearing of face masks.

Officers are to limit the number of visitors they receive to the barest minimum. They should also ensure that the visitors comply with safety and health advices/ directives.

Permanent Secretaries and Chief Executive Officers are also advised to ensure that hand washing and sanitation facilities are placed at entrances and strategic points in their MDAs. Infrared thermometers are to be provided at the entrance of the MDAs for compulsory temperature checks while as much as practicable the entrance to the MDAs is limited to only one.

It will be noted that the Federal Secretariat Complexes have been decontaminated while efforts are ongoing to do same in other public offices.

Olawunmi Ogunmosunle
Director, Information