Gov Seyi Makinde has directed state civil and public servants on grade level 13 and above to resume at their respective duty posts on Monday, April 27.
Makinde gave the directive on Saturday, April 25; while briefing newsmen the outcome of the State COVID-19 Task Force meeting held at the Government House Agodi in Ibadan.
He stated that certain guidelines would be put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, at the secretariat; saying there would be new security measure in place; including having only one gate to serve as entrance and exit at the secretariat while all other gates would be closed.
The governor further directed that all meetings would be held online and that no visitor would be allowed into the secretariat except absolutely necessary.
“Handwashing facilities will be located at every strategic location within the secretariat; also 100ml sanitiser and facemask will be given to each officer.
“But no canteen within the secretariat will be allowed to reopened now; so officers are encouraged to bring their own food to the office for lunch,” He stated.
Makinde also announced the relaxation of the existing curfew in the state from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.; instead of 7 p.m.to 6 a.m.
He noted that the curfew relaxation was to accommodate farmers in the current planting season; saying the farmers were being sensitised on how they could stay save as they farm during this period.
On whether markets would be reopened, the governor said COVID-19 Compliance Guidelines would be provided for markets; including hand washing and the wearing of face mask; and that only markets which meet up with the guidelines would be allowed to reopen for economic activities.
On efforts to curtail COVID-19, Makinde commended the Minister of Health; Dr Osagie Ehanire, for the work the ministry is doing at the national level to fight coronavirus pandemic.
According to him, the Federal Ministry of Health is decentralising the accreditation of isolation/treatment centres to state-level so that it would be quicker and more efficient.
“Based on this, the Chief Medical Director of University College Hospital Ibadan will be working with the Commissioner for Health in Oyo state to set up a five-member accreditation team,” he said.