CoronaVirus: Oyo Govt Orders Civil Servants, LGs Workers To Stay Off Duty For 2 Weeks

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Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State.

*asks those on essential service to stay back


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


Oyo State Government on Wednesday directed all civil servants in the state to stay at home for two weeks amidst fear of spread of CoronaVirus.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Seyi Makinde, Mr Taiwo Adisa, all the civil and public servants in the employment of the state, local governments and Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) are affected by the two weeks  stay off work order.
He stressed that the two weeks break was part of the measures put in place by the Oyo State Government to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the state and to enable the state government  study the situation.
Oyo State Government in the statement, maintained that “only persons on essential services are allowed to remain on duty for now.”
 “The Oyo State civil service will shut down for two weeks from, Friday, March 27, 2020. Only workers rendering essential services will be required to report for duty.We still have one confirmed case of Coronavirus in Oyo State, the Bodija case, who is receiving treatment at the isolation centre – the Agbami Chest Centre, Jericho, Ibadan”, it said.
Oyo state government added, “additional numbers have been added to the Emergency Operations Centre’s Helplines. Please call these numbers for any issue related to Coronavirus: 08095394000 / 08095963000 / 08078288999 / 08078288800. The returnee from the USA in Oluyole Local Government Area is still asymptomatic. She has completed her 14-day self-isolation period (March 8-22).”
The government also pointed  out  that “new  guidelines on public transportation have been issued by the Ministry of Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation to ensure proper hygienic standards and social distancing,” saying, henceforth , “all.transport operators and park managers are to provide at the entrance of their respective parks/garages, hand washing facilities with soap and running water.”.
“They are to provide alcohol-based sanitizers in their vehicles for the use of drivers, conductors and passengers. Standing is prohibited in public mass transit buses and there must be a minimum of one seat interval between passengers. Tricycles are limited to three passengers and commercial motorcycles are limited to one passenger only.”.
The government  hinted that “enlightenment campaigns on Coronavirus in English and Yoruba have commenced in the media. Street to street public announcements using megaphones have commenced in the rural areas.”, saying, “we have received reports of a few private schools flouting the directive for closure of schools.”.
According to the statement, “a task force from SUBEB, TESCOM and the Ministry of Education have been authorised to take appropriate action against any school flouting this directive” and that “any school acting in breach of the directive can be reported by calling the Emergency Operations Centre Helplines; 08095394000 / 08095963000 / 08078288999 / 08078288800.”
“The directive to shut down the state and local government secretariats was coming on the heels of earlier directives to close the schools and the ban religious and social gatherings.The statement added that a team of the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) was already in the State to support activities aimed at containing the virus by the government.
Assuring that the government has put in place all precautionary measures needed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the good people of Oyo State, the statement stressed that a number of those who have had contact with the index case were already in self-isolation.
“Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force Enforcement Team and a number of sub-committees have been put in place, while an enforcement committee flagged off activities on Wednesday. The surveillance and contact-tracing of some persons who recently returned to Nigerian from different Coronavirus-infected countries have been ongoing, while those who have been tracked are being closely monitored.
 “Our Emergency Operation Centre is already fully operational. It will interest the public to know that the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has already sent a team of experts that is working in collaboration with our technical team on COVID-19. The area of collaboration covers training as well as the immediate setting up of a Diagnostic Centre that will make testing less stressful while at the same time eliminating the time length between sample collection and results”.
.“I am also pleased to tell our people that the NCDC team has completed training for our officials who will man the Diagnostic Centre and that the Centre would be ready for NCDC certification by the end of the week.

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