Civil and public servants in Lagos State are in a quandary as to the directive to heed regarding next week’s public holidays between that issued by the federal government and a purported circular by the state government said to have been signed by Hakeem Muri-Okunnola, the state Head of Service (HOS).
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola bad via a statement signed by Dr M. L. Shuib Belgore, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry declared Monday 2nd and 3rd as public holidays to mark the May Day (Workers’ Day) and Eld-el-Fitr (Muslim festival) celebrations.
However, another statement emerged allegedly from the Lagos State government declaring Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th of May as public holidays. The statement dated the 27th of April and titled: “Year 2022 Workers’ Day celebration/Eid-ul-Fitr Public Holidays” was signed by the state HOS.
What is more confusing to the workers is that the memo signed by HOS has though appeared on a few blogs and social media platforms, it has not been seen on either the official social media handles of the state government or its officials, including that of the Head of Service, Muri-Okunola who allegedly signed the circular.
However, speaking with Eighteen-Eleven Media on phone, the Chief Press Secretary to the Lagos State governor, Mr Gboyega Akosile said there is no confusion with regards to the circular. “Once there new circular on the same issue, the new circular takes preeminence. The new circular was a product of additional information and it has duly been issued. So it is expected that every worker will comply with the new circular”.
The new circular, Eighteen-Eleven Media authoritatively gathered, is in tandem with the federal government’s position regarding the holidays