COVID-19: NIMASA begins stay-at-home, limits office workforce, visitors

  • NIMASA Director-General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh

In compliance with the Federal Government’s directive, the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) Wednesday mandated all members of staff on Grade Level 12 and below to stay and work from home, as part of the nation’s measures to curtail the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

To also prevent spread among staff and external stakeholders while maintaining essential services, NIMASA 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 until the situation improves,” a statement from the Head of Corporate Communications, Mr. Isichei Osamgbi, read.

Similarly, except for “shipping companies and agents, as well as other critical stakeholders who transact with operational departments and units of the agency,” all visits to the agency are now restricted to Tuesdays and Thursdays, between 12noon and 2pm, and only for visitors to assistant directors and above.

The media and others have been enjoined to reach the agency through its various online platforms: www.nimasa.gov.ng, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @nimasaofficial, among others.

The Dr. Bashir Jamoh-led management further advised all staff who recently travelled to countries with high incidences of COVID-19 to self-isolate for 14 days and inform the NIMASA Search and Rescue Base (SRBC) Clinic for close monitoring.

It further advised all staff and citizens to familiarise with the much publicised precautionary measures, including high level hygiene, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings and above all, staying safe during this period.

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