Government and private offices in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Monday recorded large turnout of workers, following the resumption of work after the Christmas and New Year break.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that at the Federal Secretariat and Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCDA) headquarters workers were at their duty posts.
At the FCDA, Mr Cosmos Uzodinma, Head, Information and Customer Service, Abuja Geographic Information System (AGIS), said the holiday was enough for any civil servant to get back to work on the first working day of the year.
Uzodinma said he travelled and came back to resume duty as a responsible citizen.
“The break was long enough for any activities, so people have no excuse not to resume duty; if you look round, you will see all the staff working,’’ he said.
Mrs Edith Okafor, a civil servant, said she came back from the village on Saturday and rested on Sunday to resume work on Monday.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government declared Dec. 25 and Dec. 26 as public holiday to celebrate Christmas, while Jan. 1 and Jan. 2 were declared as public holiday to mark New Year day and Eid-el-Maulud.
Okafor, who spoke to NAN, noted that the non-payment of the December 2014 salary to some workers did not affect the turnout of workers on the first official working day of the year.
“The holiday was long although we started without money but thank God we were paid before New Year; so we are back to carry out our civic duty,’’ she said.
At the Federal Secretariat, people were seen going about their normal duties.
Mr Emeka Nwachukwu, a civil servant in FCT, said the traffic witnessed along Nyanya axis in the morning showed that people were back from the break.
Nwachukwu said “when I got to the office this morning, I noticed that all the staff have resumed.’’
Also workers in Lagos have resumed with institutions like Banks, Manufacturing company and Government officials were seen resuming to office after the Yuletide break.