Governor Douye Diri of Bayelsa State has directed all civil servants from grade levels 1 – 12 in the state workforce to resume work from Tuesday , September 1 .
He gave the directive on Monday during a meeting with the state COVID- 19 Task Force at the Government House, Yenagoa .
This was just as the permanent secretary, Ministry of Health , Dr Inodu Apoku , disclosed that “ 20 out of the 600 candidates taking the West African Senior School Certificate Examination in the state tested positive for COVID- 19 .
Apoku said the total number of COVID- 19 test samples in the state from inception of the outbreak till date was 10 , 234 , laboratory confirmed cases 370 , number of active cases 24 while total number of deaths was 21 .
On the resumption, a statement by Diri’ s acting Chief Press Secretary , Mr Daniel Alabrah , said the governor directed the Head of Service , Mrs Biobelemoye Charles – Onyeama to ensure that workers abide by all COVID- 19 safety guidelines when they resume .
Diri also directed that , while students in exit classes were taking their examinations , all primary six pupils should also resume academic activities, adding that the government was evaluating the situation, pending when other classes would resume .
He also set up a sub – committee made up of the Technical Adviser on Security , Boma Spero – Jack, Dr 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 .