According to a statement, the holiday will state today and end on the 7th Jan 2013. He also gave them bags of rice and some monetary gift to take home for their enjoyment.
Meanwhile, opposition parties in the state apparently are not pleased with the decision as they condemned the Governor’s declaration of the two weeks Christmas holiday, saying that the governor cannot simply shut down entire state in the name of Christmas celebration not minding the revenue loss to the state.
The opposition parties agreed that the decision would rob the state of revenue generation.
The Chairman of the All Nigeria National Party (ANPP), Dr. Vitalis Orikaeze Ajumbe, said: “The decision is an indication that the government has no plans and vision for the state.
“This is to show that this government has no vision. There is nowhere in the world where the government declares two weeks Christmas holiday for civil servants.
“It simply means that huge revenue will be loss to the state, the government did not also consider those coming from abroad that may require the services of the civil servants, so it shows that both the government and the civil servants are idle.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Publicity Secretary, Chief Byleden Amajirionwu, described the holiday as “reckless and irresponsible,” adding that the government refused to consider the economic implications of its action.
“Governor Okorocha appears to be naive on the economic implications of such holiday; this action goes further to explain our stand that this administration is disorganised and deceitful.”
Similarly, the Acting National President of the Civil Liberties Organization, Mr. Uche Durueke, described it as nonsense, wondering how the government could conceive such an idea.
He said: “As far as I am concerned, it is nonsense because as a lawyer I cannot go to the court because of the holiday.”