- After the Christmas holidays declared by the federal government, some civil servants in Ibadan, Oyo state, are yet to resume work
- Some public servants at the federal secretariat in Ibadan on Thursday, December 27, revealed that most of their colleagues are yet to return from travel
- However, Adepoju Olayiwola, a staff of NAFDAC, said that any serious-minded worker has no excuse to be absent at work after the holidays
Civil servants in Ibadan, Oyo state, are yet to resume work after the two days public holidays declared by the federal government to celebrate Christmas.
A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who visited the federal secretariat in Ibadan on Thursday, December 27, reports that activities were low with few workers seen going in and out of the complex.
NAN also reports that most of the major roads linking the secretariat, at Ikolaba area in Ibadan, which were usually busy during weekdays as early as 9 am, as well as the car park, were scanty. The few people who showed up for work were seen exchanging pleasantries.
Some of the civil servants who spoke to NAN said the low turnout of workers after the holidays was because most of their colleagues travelled out of station to celebrate the Christmas with their families,.
They, however, commended the federal government for paying their December salaries in time to enable them to enjoy the Christmas holiday.
Also, Agnes Odiagbe of the centre for management development, said the low turnout of workers might be due to the fact that some workers were on their annual leave.
Odiagbe said she had a good outing during the Christmas holidays and was able to do some domestic works.
Also, Adepoju Olayiwola, a staff of NAFDAC, said: “The holidays has come and gone. So a serious-minded worker should be at his or her duty post by now.”
Olayiwola, who commended the federal government for the prompt payment of workers’ salaries, urged the other workers to reciprocate the good gesture by carrying out their duties as expected.
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Also speaking, Kehinde Mohammed, a staff of computer professionals registration council of Nigeria, under the federal ministry of education, said he was reporting to his duty post with a new vigour and zeal to accomplish his tasks.
Mohammed said he received his salary alert on the eve of Christmas and was able spend quality time with his family during the holiday.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the federal government had declared Tuesday, December 25, Wednesday, December 26, and Tuesday, January 1, 2019 as public holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year celebrations respectively.
Legit.ng gathered that the minister of interior, Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, declared this on Wednesday, December 19, in a statement signed by the ministry’s director of press, Mohammed Manga.
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