“It is a welcome development that we have promises of investment and support to fight insecurity from countries that participated in the forum.”
Civil servants in Abuja on Monday resumed official duties after the three days break declared by the Federal Government from May 7 to 10 to enable it host the World Economic Forum, WEF, on Africa.
A check by correspondents of the News Agency of Nigeria on government offices in Abuja showed that workers resumed at their duty posts in large numbers.
Some of them were seen in a long queues undergoing search conducted by security personnel at the entrance to the Federal Secretariat.
In the process, some persons who had no feasible means of identification were sent back.
Some of those who spoke said that the order by the government to close down offices in Abuja to host the World Economic Forum was a step in the right direction.
Aisha Musa, a civil servant, called on the government to enhance efforts to address security challenges in the country.
She added that resolutions at the forum and promises made by participants could only be realised in a secured society.
“It is a welcome development that we have promises of investment and support to fight insecurity from countries that participated in the forum.
“The most important of all the promises is security, because investment will only be possible in a secured society,” she said.
Another civil servant, who wished anonymity, said the high level of resumption recorded at the Federal Secretariat was due to workers’ commitment to put in their best.
He commended the Federal Government for the successful hosting of the forum and called for full implementation of decisions and promises by the participants.
The worker expressed optimism that the outcome of the forum would attract the much needed investment for the development of the country.
Another civil servant, Mike Obi, said the directive to close down government offices was important, considering the current security challenges in the country.
According to him, over 80 per cent of workers are already at their duty posts and some of them are still on the way because of the traffic challenges on Mararaba / Nyanya road.
“Although the closing down of offices in Abuja because of the forum is not a very good measure, it is needed to ensure security of foreigners who participated at the event,” he said.
Taiwo Dallam a worker at the Ministry of Education, commended the government for excluding students undergoing the West African Examination Council from the break.
She expressed optimism that other students affected by the break would meet up, but called on teachers to redouble their efforts, to ensure that school curriculum was not affected.
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