The Police Service Commission (PSC) has postponed, till further notice,its 8th Plenary Meeting earlier scheduled to hold March 24 and 25, 2020m just as the commission has also put off, indefinitely, its staff verification exercise scheduled to commence on March 30, 2020.
A press statement by the commission’s spokesperson, Mr Iyke Ani, Tuesday in Abuja, said: “The suspension of the two official activities of the commission is in accordance with the containment/safety measures of the federal government in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The Plenary Meeting is the highest decision making body of the commission and the scheduled 8th Plenary would have considered recommendations from the different standing committees of the commission on police promotion, discipline, recruitment and other related matters.
“The staff verification is an in-house staff audit and review in line with the extant rules of the public service.The commission notes that it will abide by all the necessary Federal government measures to contain this ravaging pandemic and advised that staff must ensure they restrict themselves to the barest minimum contacts and also adhere to stipulated professional behaviour.
“The commission has put in place, work-place safety measures in line with the strategies adapted by the Office of the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation in consonance with World Health Organization’s prescriptions.All non-essential Staff from level 12 and below have been directed to work from home until further notice; while sstaff members who feel sick “or have a sick family member (respiratory-related)” are advised not to come to work but should however contact their supervisors so as to receive necessary approvals in line with the Public Service Rules.
“The Commission has also directed that Staff who have recently visited countries where COVID-19 is spreading, should stay at home for 14 days and should further avoid contact with individuals who have recently returned from countries with COVID-19 outbreak in the last 14 days.Staff are also warned to restrict movements within MDAs during work, limit physical meetings, avoid large gatherings including markets, religious houses and malls and also avoid congested spaces such as buses and taxis.”They are also advised to limit visitors to their homes and offices. The Commission is already providing alcohol-based sanitizers and nose masks for all offices and entrances and hand gloves for registry staff. The Commission assures that at the appropriate time, it will review the suspension of the two activities and announce new dates.”