By Ese Awhotu
Kogi State government has directed civil servants to stay away from work for the next two weeks to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Kogi commissioner for information and communication, Kingsley Fanwo in a statement, said the directive took effect from Monday.
He said that affected workers are grade level 1 to 13.
However, workers in emergency and essential services such as healthcare and fire services are exempted in the directive.
“The Governor of the State, His Excellency Alh Yahaya Bello has approved the ‘Work from Home’ approach to ensure the virus doesn’t spread through contacts at government offices across the state,” the statement read.
“Those who render critical services will be communicated through the Office of the Head of Service of the State on how to keep the system running without endangering the workers, despite the inevitable decision of Government,” It added.
The statement said it is “leaving no stone unturned to ensure the virus doesn’t find its way to the state and in the unfortunate scenario it does, Government is prepared to control and manage the cases.”
There is no confirmed case of coronavirus in Kogi State yet.