By Sandra Chukwunyere
Following the spread of the deadly Coronavirus (Convid-19) in the country, the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) has ordered the shutdown of its offices across the country for two weeks.
The NPA shutdown is coming barely 24hours after the Nigerian Shippers’ Council announced the shutdown of offices to contain the spread allowing only officers
on essential service to resume to the office
In an official memo, the managing director, Hadiza Bala-Usman told officers from non-essential divisions and departments of the authority to stay away from duty
and work from home.
The essential divisions and departments to report for work according together memo are the managing director, Executive director, Finance and admin, med-
ical services, marine and opera-tions among others.
The memo reads, “Following the current coronavirus pandemic (#COVID-19), the under-listed non-essential divisions/departments are hereby directed to stay
away from duty for 14 days effective from Monday.
The memo quoted the non-essential divisions to include, “Corporate & Strategic Communications: Staff from JSS3 — MSS4; Audit Division: Staff from JSS3 — SSS1; Legal Services/Board: Staff from JSS3 — MSS4; Corporate & Strategic Planning: Staff from JSS3 — MSS4; Managing
Director’s Office: Staff from JSS3 — MSS4 and Monitoring & Regulatory Services: Staff from JSS3 — MSS4.
Others are Servicom: Staff from JSS3 — MSS4; Public Pri-
vate Partnership: Staff from JSS3 — MSS4; Abuja Liaison Office: Staff from JSS3 — SSS1; Human Resources: Staff from JSS3 — MSS4; Administration: Staff from
JSS3 — MSS4; Engineering: Staff from JSS3 — MSS4 and Land & Assets Administration: Staff from
JSS3 — MSS4.”
However, officers on essential department to come to the office for their normal duties are Managing Director’s Division; Executive Director Finance & Admin; Procurement, ICT; Correspondences and mail room and de-
partmental heads and assistants at port level.