Federal civil servants may resume May 4

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Indications emerged on Tuesday that federal civil servants may resume work on Monday May 5, 2020, after being forced in break on March 31 due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

President Muhammadu Buhari had announced the gradual easing of restrictions in Lagos and Ogun states and the Federal Capital Territory from May 4.

He also said some businesses and offices would resume sane day but said the modalities and categories would be worked out by the Presidential Taskforce on COVID-19 Pandemic.

They would also be restricted to work fixed hours from 9am to 6pm while a nationwide curfew would be in place from 8pm to 6am from Monday till further notice.

This directive is expected to apply to federal civil servants if they resume on Monday.

Metrostarng gathered that the civil servants may be allowed to close by 3pm instead of the statutory time of 4pm to enable them to get home in time.

Social distancing and the wearing of face masks would also be strictly applied while civil servants in crowded offices may work in shifts for sometime.

The National Assembly resumed plenary on Tuesday to consider pressing matters of national interest.

The lockdown put in place in the last three weeks has adversely affected the economy and raised fears that the country might be heading into a depression.

Oil prices have also sank to record lows, even as the Federal, state and local governments shared much lower amounts at the last meeting of the Federation Account Allocation Committee.

Ekiti State Governor and Chairman of the Nigerian Governors” Forum, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, had last week warned that there ought be no allocation by June if the lockdowns persist.

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As such, Buhari and the state governors in states where civil servants have been on holiday as a result of the pandemic have been under pressure to reopen the economy.

Oyo State civil servants already resumed work on Monday.

Efforts to obtain official comments from the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation proved abortive on Tuesday.