The Benue State government has issued a directive asking civil servants who are within the grade level of 1-12 to work from home. Levels 13 and above were directed to take charge and offer skeletal services pending the two weeks suspension of activities to curb the widespread of the Coronavirus pandemic with statistics reaching as high as 44.
According to the Secretary to the State Government, Prof. Tony Ijohor, this is following the outcome of an emergency meeting held by the State Executive Council yesterday in Makurdi.
The government has advised the State Independent Electoral Commission (INEC), BESIEC, to postpone for two weeks the local government elections scheduled for next Saturday. All forms of social gatherings have also been suspended and all public institutions in the state except hospitals have been ordered to shut down.
The meeting led by the state Excos, the chairman, Governor Samuel Ortom also resolved to carry out awareness campaign in motor parks and other public places on the need to observe social distancing.
He further stated that plans are underway to create more isolation centres in the north east and Benue south senatorial zones to cater for any emergency, should any case of the Coronavirus arise in those areas.
Ijohor said, “As from tomorrow there will be restriction of people coming to the People’s House (Goverment House) for the next two weeks.
“The state government has also scaled up the COVID-19 committee which will now be headed by the deputy governor, Benson Abounu, and an initial sum of N50 million which is subject to review has been released to the committee.”