- Government offices and commercial banks in Osogbo local government, Osun state, are closed for business
- The state government earlier declared Friday, February 15, as a public holiday ahead of the February 16 elections
- However, markets and shops were opened for business
Osun government offices and commercial banks in Osogbo on Friday, February 14, closed for operations, in compliance with the public holiday declared by the state government.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the state government declared the holiday to allow eligible electorate to prepare and participate in the forthcoming presidential election.
The state government explained that some of the voters in the civil service and public engagements would also need to travel to their various localities to vote, hence the need for the holiday.
The offices at the state government secretariat, Abere, Olorunda and Osogbo local government secretariats, all in Osogbo, were all under lock.
Commercial banks in Osogbo were also not opened but their Automated Teller Machines (ATM), were available for customers to withdraw cash.
Federal establishments and offices in the state were, however, opened for operations, while markets and shops were also opened for business.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the INEC would be hiring donkeys and bicycles to distribute election materials in hard-to-reach areas of Gombe state.
Alhaji Umar Ibrahim, Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Gombe on Friday, February 14.
Ibrahim said the difficult terrains were villages located in Yamaltu-Deba and Shingom local government areas of the state.
He said the commission had made adequate arrangements in terms of security and conducted massive voter education. He noted that there was provision for brail ballot papers for the blind and the lepers could use their legs to vote.
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