Even though the Federal Government has not ordered its agencies and ministries to shut down over cases of COVID-19 that is steadily growing in Nigeria, some agencies have taken proactive measures to close offices.
Our correspondent who monitored the situation at Lagos State Secretariat and other federal government parastatals around Alausa Ikeja, the state headquarters on Friday observed that some public offices had been closed.
The unendingly crowded National Identity Management Commission at Alausa was deserted when our correspondent visited the place on Friday. The management posted on its doors that the office had been closed due to the ravaging coronavirus.
Members of the public who had come to receive their National Identity card and National Identification Number were disappointed as there was no official to attend to them.
A woman had travelled from Ibadan when she heard the information that those who registered for the identity card in 2014 could visit the NIMC for collection but was disappointed that the agency had closed due to coronavirus.
An officer of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps who shared the same premises with NIMC said that the agency would reopen on Tuesday only if the spread of coronavirus has subsided.
At the Ikeja Shopping Mall, also known as Shoprite, only a few cars were parked. The crowd that usually trooped to the place had drastically reduced while the security personnel at the gate ensured that every person entering the place used hand sanitizer already stationed at the gate.
Within Lagos State Secretariat, our correspondent observed that some civil servants refused to resume for work on Friday due to the coronavirus scare.
Those who came could not hug or shake hands as they walked alone and confined themselves solitarily in their offices.
There are a few cars on the road now. More workers, traders have restricted themselves indoor for the scare of COVID-19.