Nigeria News Take a look at the apathy as workers resume works after long-week of Christmas and New Year break.
The road is free. Bus stops are scanty and there are few men in suits as workers resume for work after Christmas and New Year holiday on Tuesday.
Our correspondent who monitored the resumption observed apathy as most workers bent the rule to have one more day of rest.
At the Lagos State Government Secretariat, few workers turned up for work. Most offices are scanty and there are few cars at the park as at 9am.
All the banks are opened but few customers in them while there are a lot of commercial vehicles at the motor parks waiting for passengers.
The fuel scarcity has disappeared as there are more filling stations that sell the Premium Motor Spirit with virtually no queue.
It took less than 20 minutes for our correspondent to travel from Magboro, Ogun State, an outskirt of Lagos to Victoria Island. On a normal day, the journey takes about two hours because of traffic gridlock.
This is an indication that many who travelled during the holiday are yet to resume for work. Although there are a few private business outfits that have opened for the year.
A civil servant at the Lagos Secretariat told our correspondent that he was on his way to the office at about 9:20 am. He said that many principal officers would not show up today due to the New Year festivity of Monday.
“That is why many junior staff will not even show up because their bosses will not turn up today,” he said.
Another member of the staff of the state service said she would not be in office, adding that nothing would happen this week.
She said, “I just need rest. Asides, there is not going to be any activity whatsoever at the secretariat. I will show up on Wednesday.”
In the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, the situation is not different as there are few vehicles on the road while many workers are yet to resume for work.
A director at the Lagos State Secretariat told our correspondent no serious activity would happen in the civil service until the budget is signed into law. The state government present over a trillion naira appropriation bill to the House of Assembly, which had not been passed into law.
He said, “Until this is passed and Governor Akinwunmi Ambode signs it into law, nothing will happen at the secretariat.”