- Friday, April 20, has been declared as work-free day by the Ebonyi state government
- The government said the declaration is to help civil servants get their PVCs
- The state governor noted that he has the power to declare such work-free day as specified by the law
The government of Ebonyi state has declared Friday, April 20, work- free day to enable civil servants register and collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in the ongoing continuous voter registration ahead of 2019.
The declaration was made by the secretary to state government, Hygenius Nwokwu, through a statement issued on Thursday, April 19, in Abakaliki. The statement said Umahi declared the work-free day in exercise of powers conferred on him by the Public Holiday Act.
He said the governor declared one day work-free day to avail all civil servants in the state opportunity to participate in the important exercise.
“Pursuant to section 2, subsection 2 of the public holidays act, His Excellency, executive governor of Ebonyi has graciously declared Friday April 20, work-free day. This is to enable public and civil servants to go home, register and obtain their PVCs in the ongoing voter registration exercise.
“The governor is deeply concerned with the success of the registration in the state and is committed to ensuring that all eligible voters in the state register and collect their PVCs ahead of 2019 elections.
"We urge every eligible voter in the civil and public service of the state to explore this opportunity to go home, register and obtain their voter cards,” Nwokwu said in the statement.
PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 news app
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Rauf Aregbesola-led Osun state government recently declared Monday, April 16, as a public holiday to enable eligible voters take part in the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) exercise.
The development was made public by the state’s commissioner for information and strategy, Adelani Baderinwa, in a statement released on Sunday, April 15.
Nigeria News: Aisha Buhari Backs President Husband on NAIJ.com TV