In response to the article published by Sahara Reporters on 14 December 2020, the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Abuja, Nigeria, would like to address several issues as follows:
- The Embassy always implements strict health protocols at the office and its surroundings, that include regular disinfectant, requirement to wear mask for employees and maintain safe distance for minimum 2 meter, providing accessible facilities for hand wash in several locations, and implement Work from Home policy that is regularly reviewed based on health condition of all employees.
- Other additional measures provided by the Embassy also include PCR Swab test for all employees with high risk, giving supplements (i.e. vitamins) as well as having regular coordination with Nigeria’s health institutions and other related government agencies.
- With regards to the poor working condition that is falsely stated in the article, we would like to reaffirm that all Embassy’s staffs are treated fair, non discriminatory and equal. We uphold universal norms and values, and we highly respect the regulations of host country.
- As in any other offices, the Embassy’s working hours is 8 (eight) hours a day in 5 (five) working days. The Embassy considers level of education and working experiences in giving salaries to the employees. The lowest salary given is higher than that of national minimum wage of the host country. The Embassy also provides other benefits, such as year end bonus, overtime payments, maternity leave and yearly leave.
- The Embassy always opens for any future coordination with relevant stakeholders on matters related to the employees welfare and COVID19 prevention.
Abuja, 15th December 2020
COURTESY INDONESIA EMBASSY (https://kemlu.go.id/abuja/en/read/press-release-on-sahara-reporters/303/important-information)