28 December 2012

Nigeria: Low Turnout As Work Resumes

There was a low turnout of workers in many offices in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) as work resumed yesterday, after the two days public holiday declared by the federal government for Christmas.

The Federal Government declared Tuesday, December 25, and Wednesday, December 26 as public holidays to enable workers celebrate the Christian feast.

When LEADERSHIP visited offices in Abuja yesterday, workers were seen resuming in trickles, unlike in the past when they would resume and be settled in their offices early in the day.

The Federal Secretariat was a shadow of itself yesterday. While some workers were in their offices carrying out normal duties, most offices were locked, with the workers having not resumed from the holiday.

A civil servant in one of the ministries at the Federal Secretariat, Mr. Daniel Ebo, said though he travelled for Christmas, he had to resume as directed by the government.

"I had a good time during the holiday and wished I could stay at home till New Year but I had to resume because work must go on," he added

At the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Secretariat, many offices were still under lock as staff in those offices were yet to resume.

That workers had yet to resume was also evident by the number of free parking spaces in most of the parking lots at the secretariat, where parking space is usually a problem.

A staff of the FCTA who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said many people may have travelled which was why they were not at work.

"I believe many people travelled for Christmas and they decided to extend their stay till New Year because the cost of transportation is so high so those who travelled would want to make maximum use of the time before coming back," she said.

LEADERSHIP reports that shopping plazas and banks in the metropolis were a beehive of activities as customers thronged them to carry out transactions, just as vehicular traffic had increased above what was obtainable during the holiday.

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