Daily Trust (Abuja)

28 December 2012

Nigeria: Xmas - Workers Resume in States

Bauchi/Lagos/Katsina/Kano/Kaduna — Work resumed across states of the federation yesterday at the end of the two-day public holiday declared by the federal government for Christmas celebrations.

In Katsina state workers were seen in their offices going about regular officials duties. A visit to the state secretariat complex along IBB Way by Daily Trust virtually all ministries located within the complex have returned to work.

Though the state Governor, Barrister Ibrahim Shehu Shema travelled out of the state yesterday morning, most of the commissioners reported to their various offices, Daily Trust can report.

It was however gathered that most civil servants in the state did not receive December salaries before the commencement of the holiday.

Alhaji Isyaku Dalha a civil servant from Daura told our reporter that

"I wonder why my salary is delayed even though some of my colleagues have received theirs even before the two day break."

Civil servants in Kano state have also resumed for work following the expiration of the two day Christmas holiday yesterday.

Our reporter who went round some of the state ministries and other government offices observed normal activities going on.

One of the workers told our reporter he was "eager" to return to work because during the two-day holiday, he felt bored staying at home because he could not go anywhere. "The tight security in most parts of the city made movement during the holiday very difficult. People experienced long delays in traffic hold ups, making it very uncomfortable," he said.

There was influx of people into Lagos as work resume. Our reporter who went round the city said the rush led to inadequate buses for transportation of the people.

The LAGBUS Asset Management Limited, operator LAGBUS buses have acquired additional 40 fleets of buses just as it launched more routes.

In Kaduna state, many people were seen travelling out of the state to various locations to resume work yesterday.

Our correspondents who visited motor parks gathered that the few travellers seen were those leaving the state.

The situation was similar in Bauchi state where our correspondent reports that many passengers travelled out of the state to various destinations at the end of the holiday.

A visit to Yankari express terminus Wednesday showed that large number of passengers compared left Bauchi to Abuja and other parts of the country.

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