The Government of Osun State on Wednesday declared August 20 as a public holiday for hijrah – Muslims’ new year.
This was made known in a statement to newsmen by Osun Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Funke Egbemode.
The statement read, “The State Government of Osun wishes to inform the public that Thursday, August 20, 2020, shall be a work-free day across the State.
“This is to commemorate the beginning of a new Islamic year – 1442 AH, and afford the Muslim Community in the State the opportunity of celebrating this year’s Hijrah.
“The State Government wishes to emphasize that the holiday is no approval for large gatherings or unauthorized meetings under any guise. Residents are enjoined to observe the safety guidelines against COVID-19 as outlined by the government and the NCDC.
“All workers in the State are expected to resume work on Friday, August 21, 2020.”