The Lagos State Government – Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu

The Lagos State Government headed by Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu has in a public statement by the Lagos State Head of Service, Hekeem Muri-Okunola, granted a four-day holiday to civil servants in the state to enable them register or collect their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs). 

Driving the news 
The work-free days for civil servants in Lagos State begins today, Tuesday 26th July 2022 and ends Friday 29th July ahead of the July 31st deadline set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). The civil servants are to resume work after the holidays. 

What the Lagos State Government is saying 
The statement released by the State government encouraged every public servant to take part in the forthcoming elections as it is their fundamental right. 

The statement partly reads “Officers are expected to return back to work with their Voter’s Card after this exercise. Accordingly, Accounting Officers are hereby enjoined to excuse their officers in the respective Grade Levels on the designated dates.”

The designated dates are Tuesday 26th- Grade Levels concerned are 01, 03, 07 & 15. For Wednesday, July 27, the Grade Levels affected are 02, 04, 08 and 13, while Thursday, July 28, is for Grade Levels 05, 09, 12 and 17. Friday, July 29 is set aside for Grade Levels 06, 10, 14 and 16.

What you should know 
The declaration of a public holiday by the Lagos State government to enable residents to register for their permanent voters card (PVC) is in line with similar acts by the Niger, Zamfara and Bauchi State governments. 

INEC recently stated that the ongoing exercise slated to end July 31st 2022 has recorded an addition of 11 million citizens to the voter register as at 7 a.m., Monday, July 25 2022. 

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