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Sanwo-Olu extends work from home initiative for public servants by three months

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has extended the flexible work initiative for public servants for additional three months.

The governor had on 28 February, 2024 directed public servants to work three days a week due to the hardship in the land occasioned by the removal of fuel subsidy.

The initiative is supposed to end in June, but the governor has now extended it by three months to terminate on 3 September 2024.

This is contained in a circular issued by the Head of Service (HoS), Bode Agoro.

The government said the initiative had recorded positive impact on work productivity at various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).

According to the circular, “Further to the Head of Service Circular Ref. No: CIR/HOS/’24/Vol.1/021 dated 28th February, 2024 on RE: EXECUTIVE DIRECTIVE ON FURTHER MEASURES TO ASSUAGE THE EFFECTS OF THE REMOVAL OF FUEL SUBSIDY ON PUBLIC SERVANTS, wherein Public Servants on Grade Levels 01-14 were granted permission to work from home for two days in a week and Grade Levels 15 -17 were granted a day permission to work from home in a week, it has been observed that the policy has recorded positive impact on work productivity at various Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the State Government.

“To this end, it is hereby notified for general information that Mr. Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has magnanimously approved extension of the Flexible Work Initiative for additional Three (3} months with effect from 3rd June to 3rd September, 2024.”

The government said due to the peculiarities of their work schedules, staff of Lagos Internal Revenue Service (LIRS}, teaching staff in Basic and Secondary Schools, healthcare workers, clinical staff, allied health professionals in clinical facilities as well as first responders in the State and drivers are exempted from the work-from home initiative on the grounds that there had been a roster, shift or call duty arrangement which would be continued.

“Consequently, accounting officers are enjoined to ensure that concerned officers achieve their respective Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for effective implementation of government’s policies and programmes in line with the THEMES+ Agenda of the present administration.

“Accordingly, accounting officers are enjoined to note the contents of this circular for compliance, and give it the deserved service wide publicity,” the circular said.

Source: PM News