Written by Godfrey AKON

FCT employers furlough staff as Covid-19 rages

Private sector employers in Abuja are furloughing staff in compliance with the stay-at-home order of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, and adjoining states of Nasarawa and Niger, as measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

FCTA had issued a stay-at-home order and immediate closure of shops in markets and neighbourhood centres within the territory, with the exception of food vendors and essential service providers.

While issuing the directive in Abuja, FCT Minister, Mallam Muhammad Bello, said “Shops in the markets and neighbourhood centres in the FCT are to be shut to traders except those who sell essential commodities and medicines. However, pharmacies and supermarkets selling essential products and bakeries are to remain open but abide strictly by laid down measures.”

Niger State government also ordered immediate closure of public and private schools as well as tertiary institutions across the state and suspension of all public gatherings, as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

Secretary to the Niger State Government, Ahmed Matane, said, “The closure of the public, private schools, and tertiary institutions is for the period of 30 days, including the suspension of all public gathering.

Our correspondent gathered that private sector establishments, especially the hospitality industry, schools, construction companies and private businesses were terribly hit by the impact of the disease and have therefore told their staff to stay at home without pay until things normalise.

A source from Treasure Suites Abuja, who could not be named, told our correspondent that the hotel was currently running skeletal services as most of the staff have been furloughed till the pandemic ebbs.

All the Bon Hotels across the city also retain only five staff each, urging others to stay home until normalcy returns.



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