The governments of Osun and Anambra states have declared Friday work-free to enable public and civil servants to participate in Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections.
While the Anambra State Head of Service, Mr. Harry Udu, made the announcement on Thursday in Awka; the Supervisory Director of Osun Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, made this known in Osogbo on Thursday.
Udu urged workers in Anambra State to show patriotism to government by ensuring they exercise their franchise peacefully.
He explained that the work- free day would enable those traveling to their respective communities to do so in time.
The HOS said that the government expected massive participation of all eligible voters during the elections.
He reaffirmed the state’s commitment to workers’ welfare, saying it remained top on the agenda of the Governor Willie Obiano’s administration.
In Osun State, ahead of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections, the government has declared Friday a public holiday.
The Supervisory Director of Osun Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Adelani Baderinwa, made this known in Osogbo on Thursday.
Baderinwa said in a statement that the holiday was to allow eligible voters to prepare for and participate in the general elections.
He said government was aware that some of the voters in the civil service would need to travel to their various localities to vote.
Baderinwa also quoted Governor Adegboyega Oyetola as urging the electorate who would be participating in the election to be of good conduct throughout the election period.
He said Oyetola appealed to the people to shun violence and any act capable of undermining the peaceful atmosphere of the state.
“Election is not about violence or brigandage; it is about using your Permanent Voter Card to cast your vote for a good candidate that will strengthen democracy and good governance.
“We have come a long way in the state of Osun in terms of development, human capital development, peace and security. This election is another opportunity to vote for the progress and development of the state.
“The government assures the people that law enforcement agencies are also ready to protect lives and property and prevent breach of the peace and disruption of the election.
“The government wishes all a happy holiday and a successful and peaceful election,’’ he said.