AS civil servants resume duties across Oyo State today (Monday), the Nigeria Labour Congress- Civil Society Situation Room has advised workers in the state with critical health status to stay away from work in view of the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic in the land.
The State Chairman of NLC, Bayo Titilola-Sodo, gave the advice in a communiqué made available to journalists in Ibadan on Sunday, in view of the directive by the state government that all workers should resume today (Monday).
Titilola-Sodo said, “On resumption of all workers at the state secretariat, it has been agreed that there will be enforcement like having the temperature gauge at the entrance to the ministries; the number of hand washers will be increased.
“Every worker will be supplied with two face masks. They will, as much as possible, maintain social distancing. We are, however, advising our members to take personal responsibility for their well-being and safety.
“If you are in doubt of your status, don’t go to work. Let your supervisor know that you won’t come to work this particular day and that will be taken. No one will be punished for not coming to work. Nobody will be coerced to go to work.
“On school resumption, my advice to parents is to take COVID-19 guidelines. I keep saying it; as of today, the total number of tests Nigeria has undertaken on COVID-19 is just 102,000 for a population of about 200 million people when we have the United Kingdom with a less 100 million people doing over 170,000 tests in one day.
“Therefore, our data is not reliable. So we should take personal responsibility for our well-being and safety. We must take to the protocols for our children.”