Osun State has declared Friday (today) a free day as part of preparations for the local government elections to be held on Saturday. A statement obtained in Osogbo on Thursday and signed by the State Commissioner for Information and Civic Guidance, Funke Igbemode, said the holiday was to allow those who will be traveling to their local government areas due to the elections to do so. The government also announced travel restrictions across the state on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The statement reads: “Ahead of the state local government elections, the state government declared Friday 15 October a free-from-work day to allow citizens and residents of the state to travel to their local government areas to cast their ballots. So the government is urging citizens to come out to perform their civic duties on Saturday, as this is another way to elect representatives and leaders who are expected to work for our collective aspirations at the local government level. Citizens are also advised to maintain law and order and not allow themselves to be used to stir up trouble or impair the smooth operation and peace of the state. Parents and guardians are advised to restrain their wards so that they are not used as agents of lawlessness and violence.”