Following the expiration of the two-day Christmas break, most Government and private offices in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) yesterday recorded low turnout of workers, reporting to their varying duty posts.
Checks revealed few workers were seen at their duty posts in the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and Federal Secretariat, resulting in low human and vehicular movements.
A situation, many attributed to the lingering fuel crisis rocking major Nigerian cities, that have tripled the cost of transportation and essential commodities, thereby making this year’s Christmas bleak in nature.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government declared December 25 and December 26 (Monday and Tuesday) respectively as public holidays to celebrate Christmas.
At FCTA, the FCT Minister’s media Aide, Malam Sani Abubakar, said the holiday was enough for any civil servant to get back to work on the first working day after 2017 Christmas.
He said 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.
According to him, there is no justification for any worker to fail to turn up for work, as that is what and why they are being paid salaries.
He however noted that due to the nature of his work, he hardly had time off duty, as he was in office to attend to some pressing media issues throughout the Christmas break.
He insisted that the Christmas break was long enough for people to celebrate, so have no excuse not to resume duty; while other staff are working.
Similarly, at the Federal Secretariat it was observed that few people were seen going about their normal duties.
A civil servant residing in Nyanya, Okeke Philip said the light traffic witnessed along the busy Abuja-Keffi axis in the morning rush hours showed that people were not fully back from the break.
He noted that the current fuel crisis have affected the turnout of workers on the first official working day after Christmas.
According to him, “When I got to the office this morning, I noticed that not all the staff have resumed.”