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.


30th April, 2020



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

COVID-19: Federal Public Servants Ordered To Stay At Home


Federal public servants have been ordered to observe a compulsory stay at home, even as the Federal Government continues to find ways by which the novel coronavirus can be combated and ousted from the country. 

The Federation’s Head of Service, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan in a communique on Monday, said the order is in line with measures by the Federal Government to manage the identified cases of COVID-19 and to curtail its spread.

Dr Yemi-Esan in her statement stressed that “as further steps to check the spread of COVID-19, all non-essential public servants on grade level 12 and below are to stay and work from home with effect from Tuesday 24th March 2020 until further notice”.

She also stated that all other categories of officers who will be at work are strongly advised to limit the number of visitors they receive to the barest minimum to reduce physical contact as much as possible.

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Jamila Shu’ara Appointed Permanent Secretary In Education Ministry

education1Dr. Jamila Shu’ara has taken over from Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan as the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Education.

The change of leadership follows the recent approval for deployment of three Permanent Secretaries by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking during the taking-over ceremony on Monday, Dr. Shu’ara expressed appreciation for the warm reception accorded her by her predecessor and the directors at the ministry.

She stressed the importance of teamwork, and called for the support of all staff to move the ministry forward.

The in-coming Permanent Secretary commended Dr. Yemi-Esan for her doggedness, noting that her tenure witnessed a lot of achievements in the education sector.

She promised to sustain the legacy of the outgoing Permanent Secretary, adding that she would always tap into her wealth of experience.

Dr. Yemi-Esan, who acknowledged the magnitude of work in the ministry, thanked God for giving her the strength to cope effectively.

She also expressed appreciation for the support she got from the directors and the entire staff of the Federal Ministry of Education.

The departing Permanent Secretary has been posted to the Office of Head of Service of the Federation.

Dr. Shu’ara, until her deployment, was the Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources.

FG Develops Guideline On Education Quality Assurance Policy

asupThe Federal Government of Nigeria has commenced the process of developing Guidelines on National Education Quality Assurance Policy to further strengthen quality education delivery.

To come up with a robust policy, the Department of Education Quality Assurance Services, Federal Ministry of Education in collaboration with Education Sector Support Programme in Nigeria (ESSPIN) and the Universal Basic Education Commission (UBEC) assembled stakeholders for a Workshop at Nasarawa State on Wednesday.

The Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education, Dr Folasade Yemi- Esan, in a speech told the gathering that the present outcome in terms of learner’s performance as evidenced by public examination results below tertiary level still leaves much to be desired.

He said it did not justify government’s huge investment in education.

“There is therefore no better time than now, for all stakeholders to come together for the production of implementation guidelines on the National Education Quality Assurance policy (NEQAP).

“It will ensure a unified and informed approach to Education Quality Assurance practices,” she said.

The Permanent Secretary, represented by the Director of Tertiary Education Department, Mrs Hindatu Abdullahi, stated that the 60th National Council on Education, held at Abeokuta in 2014, had approved the development of the policy implementation guidelines.

She commended the commitment of the Federal Government to education delivery, as demonstrated in the 2016 Budget and the plan to recruit and train about 500,000 teachers for the basic education level as well as the proposed school feeding programme.

Dr. Yemi-Esan acknowledged the challenges being faced by the FEQAS zonal and state offices and pledged to address them in due course.

She also commended international partners for their supportive roles in the education sector.

Earlier in a welcome address, the Director of Education Quality Assurance Services, Mrs Fatima Ahmed, said that the workshop was a follow up to the adoption of Quality Assurance approach to inspections and subsequent production of the Quality Assurance policy.

She explained that the Implementation Guideline being developed would provide clear direction for Inspectors to operationalise the policy.

Earlier on Monday, the Nigerian Union of Teachers called on the Federal Government to recruit only qualified candidates in the 500,000 teachers it promised to employ this year.

The appealed was made on Wednesday by the NUT President, Mr Michael Olukoya, at a meeting of the union in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.