The Jigawa State government has shortened to one week, its earlier order for workers to work from home.
Mr Ismaila Ibrahim, Public Relations Officer, office of the State Head of the Civil Service, Mr Hussaini Ali, announced this in a statement in Dutse on Tuesday.
The News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN) recalls that the state government had, on March 24, directed civil servants to work from home for two weeks, as part of measures to curb the spread of the virus in the state.
The government had since then been extending the order by two weeks, until now that it extended it by one week.
“Jigawa Government has extended the work from home order for civil servants in the state to June 23, 2020.
“The civil servants are directed to continue to work from home for additional one week so as to avoid unnecessary outbreak or further spread of the deadly Coronavirus in the state.
“The extension became necessary as the government is determined and committed to ensure that all proactive measures are put in place to stop further spread of the deadly virus in the state,” he said.
Ibrahim said the head of service, who commended the civil servants for complying with the order, appealed to them to strictly adhere to directives by the state government on social distancing, regular hand washing, as well as use of face masks in order to avoid contracting the virus.
Gov. Muhammad Badaru of the state, while addressing newsmen on June 3, said that the policy would soon be lifted, as government would continue to observe, notice and sustain improvement in the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Badaru announced that the government was informed by medical experts that it needed to spend two consecutive incubation periods performing active case-search and testing.
“As we continue to notice and sustain improvements, we will open up government offices and lift the policy on working from home soon.
“However, I was informed by medical experts that we need to spend two consecutive incubation periods performing active-case search and testing.
“Where no cases are confirmed, we pop our chests in pride and say we are out of the woods; but for now, we are not yet there.
“Nonetheless, we may not have to reach this milestone before lifting this policy,” Badaru said.