Lagos and Oyo State Governments have declared Monday, a holiday in commemoration of Year 2023 Isese Day, (Tradition Day), for traditional worshippers which comes up on August 20.
This was announced in separate statements issued on Friday, August 18, 2023.
The statement by the Head of Service, HoS, in Lagos State, Hakeem Muri-Okunola reads; “It is hereby notified for general information that this Year’s Isese Day celebration will hold on Sunday, 20th August, 2023.
“In restating its commitment to continue to provide necessary support to traditional institutions in the State with a view to promoting our indigenous culture and tradition while preserving our heritage, Mr. Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu has graciously declared Monday, 21st August, 2023, a work-free day for public servants in the state.
“Work will, therefore, resume on Tuesday, 22nd August at 8a.m. prompt.
“Accordingly, Accounting Officers of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are hereby enjoined
to take note of the contents of this circular and give it the deserved service-wide publicity.”
Similarly, the statement signed by the Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Professor Olanike Adeyemo, on Friday reads; “The Oyo State Governor, Governor Seyi Makinde has graciously approved August 20, 2023 of every year as “Isese day” in Oyo State, to commemorate the celebration of Traditional Religious festivity.
“Towards this end, Monday, August 21, 2023, has been declared as the maiden Public Holiday to commemorate this year’s festivity in the state.
“His Excellency has therefore requested that the occasion be used to pray for the peace, unity and stability of the State in particular, and the Country in general.
“Kindly give His Excellency’s approval, as conveyed, the widest publicity it deserves,” the circular added.
This followed the resolution of the Oyo State House of Assembly that earmarked August 20 for the celebration of Isese Day.
Makinde further urged traditional worshippers in the state to use the occasion to pray for the peace, unity, and stability of the state in particular and the country in general.