April 8, 2020


In what seems like a move to halt the rapid spread of the coronavirus disease which has been established to spread via body contact, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) appeared to have reduced official activities and out rightly canceled official traveling among its staff as part of efforts to tame the spread of the deadly Coronavirus Pandemic.

A check indicates that only skeletal activities are going on at the Commission Head Office and its new annex at Mbora District, which was commissioned by President Muhammadu Buhari last week, even though no official statement was issued by the commission in this regard.

Checking through the IT Pulse’s queries, it was discovered that out of the over 1500 staff of the Commission, only a scanty 50 are allowed access into the building daily.

NCC has also drawn a rooster that restricts the number of staffs at work in each Department to not more than 3 daily.

This is apart from the special graphics which have consistently featured on the Commission’s online media platforms to educate telecom consumers and other citizens on the measures to take to prevent the spread of the contagion disease.

A further check revealed this measure has been observed faithfully by the management.

In addition to the measures above, the Management of the Commission also set up a committee three weeks ago, to recommend appropriate measures to take to prevent the spread of the virus among staff.

Among these measures are lots of educations, information-sharing and advisory, which are being done internally to ensure people are able to manage themselves as the reality of the dreaded disease dawn on Nigerians.

Handshake at NCC is outlawed, social distancing is preached religiously, disinfectants and sanitizers are in position at least 2 points on all floors in the Commission Head Office and its new annex at Mbora District.

The Commission has also asked its entire staff who had reasons to travel in the last two weeks to isolate themselves. And Management has canceled all official activities locally, including travels by staff.

Even emergency meetings at the office, which required sustaining telecom operations as an essential service, do not involve more than 10 persons, wearing facial masks and holding in a place that’s spacious enough to enable attendees to keep a modicum of distance from each other.

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