Civil servants  in Ibadan on Tuesday resumed for duty after the Easter holidays declared by the Federal Government.

Government had declared April 14 and 17 as work- free days to  enable workers celebrate the Easter.

A  Nigerian Pilot correspondent,  who monitored  the  resumption of workers  at the Federal Secretariat at Ikolaba area in Ibadan, reports that most workers resumed at their duty posts as early as 8. 00 am.

At the National Directorate of Employment office, workers were sighted  at their respective desks  treating files while others were exchanging pleasantries.

The situation was the same at the Ministry of Education  as many workers were busy at their various duty posts.

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Mrs G .C Fabunmi, a staff of the ministry,  said she and her colleagues resumed work early in order to continue performing their duties as committed civil servants..

Fabunmi said the holiday gave her the opportunity to rest and have enough time to attend  to domestic issues as a   mother and wife.

Another civil servant,  who simply identified himself as Emmanuel,  said he travelled to his home town in the eastern part of the country for the celebration and returned to Ibadan with vigour to continue work.

He, however,  appealed to government to sustain the regular salary payment of workers and other benefits, saying this  would   go a long way in enhancing workers’  productivity.

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At the State Secretariat in Agodi, civil servants in the employment of the Oyo State Government were also sighted at their duty posts as early as 9.a.m.

While many were attending to office chores, some were also seen exchanging  banters over the Easter celebration.

Nigerian Pilot however,  reports that only a  few council workers were  at Ibadan North Local Government Secretariat at Agodi  as at  8.30 a.m.

Most of the offices were  empty while the few workers that came early were seen exchanging greetings and discussing about their experiences during the festivity.

One of the workers,  who pleaded not to be named,  said that the lateness was due to non payment of salaries as many  often  trek   long distance before getting to the office.

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“It is normal to meet few workers at their duty post because the non  payment of salaries  force  some of us to trek long distances  before reaching the office.

“Moreover,  today is the first working day after Easter and  some workers are just returning this morning from their various communities,’’ he said.

Based on report, He implored the state government to prioritise payment of salaries so that workers would be encouraged to perform optimally.


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