By Kelvin Ifedayo
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has directed that Friday August 21, 2020 be observed as a work-free day.
This directive is to enable residents of the State have adequate time to prepare for the Local Government Election scheduled for Saturday, August 22, 2020.
A statement issued by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, quoted Governor Akeredolu as equally urging the electorate to freely exercise their voting rights.
Akeredolu called on voters to shun violence during the exercise.
“As we are all aware, the Local Government Election scheduled for Saturday August 22, 2020 is yet another opportunity for the citizens of Ondo State to avail themselves of the chance of democratic participation.
“This is particularly imperative in view of the importance of that tier of government as the closest to the grassroots. We cannot therefore, afford to take less advantage of this golden opportunity not only to deepen our democratic structures but to equally decide our leadership contents for optimum development drive.
“In this regard, Mr. Governor has directed that Froday, August 22, be declared a work-free for workers to enable them prepare adequately for the local government election.
“Governor Akeredolu, while urging all citizens of the state to take maximum advantage of the election to freely exercise their rights, enjoins all to shun violence before, during and after the exercise.