Osun agog for 'Isese Day' as state offices, Banks close shop

Isese festival celebration in Osun
Isese festival celebration in OsunPeoples Gazette

State government offices and Banks in Osun State were closed on Friday for the ‘Isese Day’ celebration.

WuzupNigeria reports that ‘Isese Day’ was set aside by the Osun State Government for Traditional Religion Worshipers to celebrate their deities and exhibit their religion.

A former governor of the state, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, in 2013, approved August 20 as a public holiday in the for traditional worshipers, under Section 2 (2) of the Public Holidays Act CAP P40 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2010.

NAN observed that all banks in Osogbo, the Osun capital, were under lock while offices at the state government secretariat in Abere, Osogbo, were equally closed for business transactions.

The secretariats of Olorunda Local Government and Osogbo Local Government Areas, both in Osogbo, were equally deserted, except for security men on duty.

Schools in the state were all closed for the holiday , but some Federal Government establishments were open for business activities, as the holiday was not binding on Federal workers.

The governor of the state, Gboyega Oyetola, on Wednesday announced through the Osun Commissioner for Home Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Lawal, that Friday, August 20 would be a public holiday to commemorate the 2021 ”Isese Day” .

Oyetola, however, said the 2021 festival, would not be marked with the usual fanfare, because of the increasing rate of the third wave of COVID-19 in the country.

He appealed to the worshipers to be peaceful and law abiding in their conducts, before, during and after the festival, urging them to observe all COVID-19 protocols, especially the use of nose masks and social/physical distancing among other rules.


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