Christmas break: Staff desert National Assembly despite work resumption

Christmas break: Staff desert National Assembly despite work resumption

- National Assembly workers failed to resume work on Thursday, December 27

- Civil servants, including the National Assembly workers, are supposed to resume work on December 27, after the two-day Christmas break

- One of the few staff members present at work said most of the staff have travelled out of Abuja and might not return until January

Many staff of the National Assembly ‎on Thursday, December 27, failed to show up at work despite the expiration of the 2-day Christmas break given by the federal government.

The government had announced December 25 and 26 as a public holiday for the Christmas celebrations, while January 1, 2019, would be for New Year break.

Civil servants and private workers were expected to resume work on Thursday being December 27.

Daily Trust, however, reports that only a few staff and security men were present at the National Assembly.

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There were also other support staff such as cleaners, bankers, journalists, among others that were seen at the National Assembly premises.

It was further observed that even the few civil servants that turned up for work left the premises of the National Assembly before the close of work.

The 109 senators and 360 members of the House of Representatives had on December 20 embarked on about one-month Christmas and New Year break to resume on January 16.

However, the lawmakers’ break does not affect the civil servants working at the federal legislature. The National Assembly boasts of about 3,000 civil servants, but only a few of them were sighted at work.

A staff reportedly said that most of the staff have travelled out of Abuja and that they might not return until January when the lawmakers are expected to resume.‎

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Earlier, reported that the federal government declared December 25 and 26, 2018 and January 1, 2019 as public holidays to mark the Christmas, Boxing Day and New Year Celebrations respectively.

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.

He called on all Christian faithfuls and Nigerians to use the period to pray for the growth and development of the nation.

He further called on Nigerians in the spirit of the season to strengthen their resolve to maintain peace and unity in the country before, during and after the general elections. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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