- After the long holidays for Isese Day and Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, there was a low turnout of workers in Osun state
- The Osun state government had declared Isese Day holiday for traditional religion worshipers to celebrate their religion
- While some civil servants are yet to resume, some shops and banks were open for business
There was a low turnout of state government workers in Osogbo, Osun state capital, on Thursday, August 23, after the long holidays for Isese Day and Eid-el-Kabir celebrations in the state.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Isese Day holiday was declared by Osun government for traditional religion worshipers to celebrate their religion.
The Isese holiday was observed on Monday, August 20, while the two-day Eid-el-Kabir holiday, declared by the federal government, were observed on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A visit by NAN to the state government secretariat in Abere and Olorunda as well as Osogbo local government secretariat, all in Osogbo, revealed that many of the workers were yet to resume.
Some of the secretariat staff, who spoke under anonymity, said that the situation might be because the week was nearly over.
One of the officers said: “Normally, when we get holidays that extend to Wednesday and Thursday, the week is already over, so there is no need rushing back from where you travel to. It is not easy to be rushing back to work on a Thursday or Friday to resume work when the next day is weekend, so the best is to just round off the week.”
On why he was back to work contrary to his explanation, he said he was on essential duty “as some people had to be on duty to keep the work going.”
NAN reports that banks were, however, opened to customers. Some shops have equally re-opened for business.
The NYSC secretariat staff were all back to work and normal daily activities were in full gear. Some of the staff were seen having meetings in their departments.
NAIJ.com previously reported that Simon Lalong, Plateau state governor said that he was in Daura to celebrate the Eid-El-Kabir with President Muhammadu Buhari and thank him for several projects executed in the state by the federal government.
The governor disclosed this in a statement by his commissioner for Information, Yakubu Datti, Daily Trust reports.
“We have come to thank the father of the nation for several federal government projects, and like Oliver Twist, to solicit for more,” he said.
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