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Oyo Workers Resume Amidst Tight Security,Health Officials


Following the directive of Gov Seyi Makinde, of Oyo state, public and civil servants on grade level 13 and above in the state workforce, on Monday resumed at the state secretariat.

You would recall that Governor Makinde had on March 25, ordered the shut down of the secretariat for two weeks from March 27.

The closure was further extended two times, April 20 and April 27, but the governor who chaired the state COVID-19 taskforce, briefed newsmen on Saturday and directed the category of the civil servants to resume at their respective duty posts on Monday.

GOALPOACHER NEWS, who monitored the situation at the secretariat on Monday morning reports that security personnel who stationed at the gate were patiently screening those entering the secretariat to ensure that only those on level 13 above gain entrance into the secretariat.

Some of the civil servants are without face mask as directed by the governor while few ministries have hand-washing facilities in front of their office complex.

Some of the workers who pleaded not to be named, have mixed reactions to the resumption order.

Those in favour of the state government directive posited that the resumption would enable government activities to be alived thereby boost the revenue generation of the state.

They said the state government might record zero IGR by the end of May if the closure continue.

However, those who spoke against the resumption said that the containment and prevention of COVID-19 could only be materialised through total lock down just like some states were doing now.

They also said that the resumption of grade level 13 and above officers would not have much impact on revenue generation, asserting that junior workers were the set of workers that could do most of the jobs.