Stories by Stanley Onyekwere
Barely three days into resumption of work, after 2017 Yuletide break, Government and private offices in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) recorded impressive turnout of workers, who daily report to their varying duty posts.
It was observed yesterday that good number of workers were at their duty posts in the Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and Federal Secretariats respectively.
Consequently, there was increased human and vehicular movements within and around many places visited.
This development is not unconnected to to the improved fuel supply situation, that have lowered the cost of transportation and essential commodities, hitherto hiked during the Yuletide break.
However, it could be recalled that last week, following the expiration of the two-day Christmas break, activities were at snail pace at most public and private offices in the Territory, due to low turnout of workers.
The Federal Government declared December 25, 26 (Monday and Tuesday) and January 1(Monday) respectively as public holidays to celebrate Christmas and New Year respectively.
At the Federal Secretariat it was observed that few people were seen going about their normal duties.
For a civil servant residing in Nyanya, Kingsley Usman, who was seen around Federal Secretariat, said the increased traffic recorded along the busy Abuja-Keffi axis in the morning rush hours showed that people were fully back from the Yuletide break.
He attributed the impressive turnout of to the fading fuel crisis had hitherto affected the turnout of workers on the first official working day after Christmas, but the situation is different now.
According to him, “When I got to the office this morning, I noticed that most of the staff have resumed.
“However, we expect full resumption of all the staff by next week, when those who travelled within and outside the country return.”
Another worker, Umar Yakubu, seen at AMAC Secretariat in Area 10, also noted that there is daily improvement on turn out of workers, who report to office since the expiration of the Yuletide break.
Similarly, a local mobile food vendor seen around Federal Secretariat, in the Central Area, who simply gave her name as Mama Biola said business is still at a slow pace as most workers have not resumed work.
Furthermore, a top official at the FCTA, who pleaded anonymity, was of the view that the holiday was enough for any civil servant to get back to work since the first working day after Yuletide break.
According to him, workers, as responsible citizens are expected to resume work at their various places of duty, immediately after the expiration of the official two days declared as Christmas break as well as the one day New Year break.
He noted there is no justification for any worker to fail to turn up for work, as they are being paid salaries.
He added that government activities have picked up, as the holidays are over, hence workers are expected to be at their respective duty posts.
He insisted that the Yuletide break was long enough for people to celebrate, so have no
excuse not to resume duty; while other staff are working.