The Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) has advised all its staff that recently travelled to countries with high incidences of COVID-19 to self-isolate for 14 days and inform the agency Search and Rescue Base (SRBC) Clinic for close monitoring.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday by Head, Corporate Communications of the agency, Isichei Osamgbi; NIMASA also directed staff on grade levels 12 and below to work from home in line with the Federal Government’s directive.
The statement reads in part, “Following Federal Government’s directives in a memo issued from the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation, which stated that all non essential public servants on Grade Level 12 and below should stay and work from home, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) today asked staff of the agency within the category to comply with the directive as a measure to curtail the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
“In furtherance to procedures in the prevention of spread of the deadly Coronavirus among staff and external stakeholders of the Agency, the Executive Management led by the Director General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh, further directed all Heads of Departments, Units and Zonal Coordinators to identify some essential staff who will be on duty in their locations on a rotational basis for the next couple of weeks, in order not to totally halt the operations of the Agency until the situation improves.
“Furthermore, all visits to the agency are restricted to Tuesdays and Thursdays between 12noon and 2pm only, for visitors of Assistant Directors and above. Shipping companies and agents as well as other critical stakeholders who transact with operational departments and units of the Agency, are however, exempted from this condition. The media and others can reach the agency on the various online platforms.
“The agency equally advised all staff and citizens to familiarize themselves with the much publicized precautionary measures on COVID-19, such as a high level of hygiene, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and above all stay safe during this period.”