The Federal Government has ordered civil servants on Grade Levels 12 and 13 as well as those on essential duties to resume full duties.
The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan, gave the directive in a circular dated August 10, 2020.
The circular was titled “Resumption of officers on Grade Levels 12 and 13 and those on essential duties”.
Before now, as part of efforts to curtail further spread of COVID-19, only workers on Grade Levels 14 and above had been resuming at their duty posts, and only working three days in a week.
But Yemi-Esan, in the circular, added that all workers resuming for work would henceforth work from Monday to Friday and from 8 am to 4 pm.
According to her, “Following Mr President’s approval of the recommendation of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, officers on Grade Levels 12 and 13, and those on essential services are hereby directed to be in the office every working day (Monday to Friday) with effect from Monday, August 10, 2020.
“Also, the officers and those affected by earlier circulars on the resumption of duty are now to resume by 8 am and close by 4 pm daily.
“Permanent Secretaries/Chief Executive Officers are to define the officers performing essential services in their MDAs.
“However, in doing so, consideration must be given to the health implication of the member to recall for duties in the light of the extant guidelines on the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.”
Yemi-Esan asked the officers to ensure full compliance with the directives and advice on the COVID-19 pandemic preventive measures, including maintenance of physical distancing, regular washing or sanitizing of hands and wearing of face masks.
She explained that efforts should be made to avoid overcrowding in individual offices.
“Where the number of staff resuming work is large, Permanent Secretaries/Chief Executive Officers should consider the option of duty rosters,” she added.