Bayelsa State Secretariat, Yenogoa

All civil servants from grade levels 1-12 have been ordered back to work by the Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri.

The civil servants are to resume work from Tuesday, September 1. according to Senator Diri in a directive given on Monday during a meeting with the state’s COVID-19 Taskforce in Yenagoa.

The state government had on March 26 asked those categories of workers to stay at home in order to curtail the spread of the pandemic in the state.

The governor in a statement by his acting Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Daniel Alabrah, said the COVID-19 restrictions were being reviewed following the flattening of the pandemic curve in the state.

He, therefore, directed the Head of Service, Mrs. Biobelemoye Charles-Onyeama to ensure that workers abide by all COVID-19 safety guidelines when they resume.

On the resumption of schools, the governor noted that while students in terminal classes were writing their examinations, he directed all primary six pupils to also resume academic activities as the government was evaluating the situation pending when other classes would resume.

Diri also set up a sub-committee made up of the Technical Adviser on Security, Chief Boma Spero-Jack, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Inodu Apoku and the service commanders to liaise with proprietors of night clubs, supermarkets, and banks to seek ways of ensuring compliance with the presidential guidelines on COVID-19.

The governor, who stressed that the presidential curfew from 10 pm to 4 am was still in place, insisted on the use of face masks, sanitizers, and maintaining social distance in order to avert a second wave of the infection as predicted by health experts.

“We insist on the use of face masks, especially in urban areas. We are appealing to the sensibilities of people to comply with the COVID-19 protocols and we need to sustain the enlightenment on the existence of the virus.

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“Our duty is to ensure that the presidential directive on the curfew is obeyed and fully implemented. We do not want to be seen as a state that is acting contrary to such directives,” he said.

In his remarks, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Inodu Apoku, said the total number of COVID-19 test samples in the state from inception of the outbreak to date was 10,234, laboratory-confirmed cases 370, number of active cases 24 while the total number of deaths was 21.