Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde has declared Friday, April 24, 2023, a half-working day in advance of the general election to allow public and civil servants who may need to travel to carry out their civic duties during the presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday.
Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the chief press secretary to the governor, said in a statement that the statement was in a circular signed by Mrs. Olubanwo Adeosun, the secretary to the state government.
The circular, which was sent to all Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, the State House of Assembly, and other extra-ministerial departments, said that all government offices would close at noon on Friday, and only employees who work on essential services would be expected to stay at their jobs after that.
The circular says that the governor’s pledge to strengthen democracy and good governance coincides with the Friday half-day.
The circular stated:
“His Excellency’Seyi Makinde, the Executive Governor of Oyo State, has graciously approved the declaration of a half-day of work for Friday, February 24, 2023.
“In this regard, government offices will close at twelve o’clock in the afternoon, and staff members responsible for essential services are expected to remain on duty.
“Public and Civil Servants of the State are urged to discharge their civic duties on Saturday, February 25, 2023.”