Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Holidays - Federal, State Civil Servants Desert Offices in Jos

Many federal and state civil servants in Jos are yet to resume duties on Friday after the Christmas holidays, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

A check at the federal and state secretariats by a NAN correspondent at 10 a.m. showed that many offices were locked.

Mr Philemon Dabit, a worker of the state Ministry of Finance who was, however, seen in his office, said that the low turnout was because the resumption day was on a Friday.

"Today is Friday, those who travelled outside the state may not return until weekend.

"Besides, some may have hangover from the celebration and may not be strong enough to resume work today," he said.

Debit, however, thanked God for the peaceful celebration of Christmas in the state, saying that such was not experienced in the past few years.

"The Christmas was very peaceful; there was no incident of any kind anywhere throughout the period; we must give God the glory."

Mr Joseph Zih, a worker at the Public Complaints Commission, Federal Secretariat Jos, said that many people were still on their way to offices.

He added that many must have travelled to far distances, thereby unable to resume work on Friday.

Zih, however, expressed optimism that the situation would improve, adding that workers could not afford to abandon their duty posts after the holidays.

He also expressed delight at the hitch-free Christmas celebrations in the state, adding that the situation allowed workers to celebrate with their families peacefully.

"Many thought this year's Christmas would be bloody like previous years, but to the glory of God, it was hitch-free; I believe nobody will hesitate to resume work after holidays," he added.

The civil servant, who said that he rested very well during the holiday, promised to put in his best in the discharge of his duties.

Meanwhile, the low turnout has resulted in light traffic on the highways in Jos, contrary to what obtained during working days.

A motorist, Mr Polycarp Auta, told said that he enjoyed driving within the metropolis any time there were few cars on the road.

Auta attributed that the light traffic to exodus of residents from the city to their villages for the Christmas.

"I believe that by Monday, those who could not resume work today will be back to their offices and be busy again with their work." (NAN)

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