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#PresidentialVisit: Lagos State declares Thursday, March 29th Work-Free Day



Lagos State Government has officially declared Thursday, March 29 as a Work-Free day.

A statement released on Lagos state official Twitter page disclosed that this will enable Lagosians to come out to welcome President Muhammadu Buhari who is on a historic two-day visit to Lagos State.

The statement urged residents to adhere to the security guidance earlier announced to make the visit as peaceful and orderly as possible.

The statement also announced traffic diversions and alternative routes at a press briefing held at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja.

See tweets below:


  1. Mohammad

    March 27, 2018 at 11:49 pm

    Iru nonsense wa l’eleyi gan-an sef?
    Work-free day for propaganda

  2. Concerned HR

    March 28, 2018 at 8:51 am

    Is this for both private and public sector?

  3. debs

    March 28, 2018 at 11:04 am

    come out enmasse to welcome president?
    i will be the 1st to come out in my isale apoti with a bouquet of flowers to welcome our president

  4. nene+

    March 28, 2018 at 11:53 am

    When you befriend a dog, you eat sh*t with it.
    Lagos has been dragged to the level of Kogi? Omaseoooo

    I remember how Fashola insulted the living day light out of President Jonathan because he visited Lagos. He disparaged Jonathan intensely beyond mere politics.
    Fashola those your words will live with you forever. Today your league has declared an outright public holiday for African 5th biggest economy Lagos. You should be ashamed of your unbridled criticism dear minister of DARKNESS.

  5. Mz Socially Awkward....

    March 28, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    This country lacks discipline in every single way possible. A work free day…. just like that, no chance for employers or businesses to plan for this in advance, to entertain one man’s visit? I have no interest in knowing if he’s the President, you can’t just drop that kind of surprise which disrupts productivity of the masses.

    Or where exactly does Ambode think the revenues for his taxes come from?

    • Mrs chidukane

      March 28, 2018 at 2:43 pm

      Hi sis,long time. The real reason for the holiday is traffic. They’re doing it for commuters because there will be a lot of roads closed and diversions.. Of course they know no-one is coming to welcome anyone.

    • tunmi

      March 28, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      @mrs chidukane, I wish they would have just said that then instead of doing eye service.

      Private industry won’t be getting a day off.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      March 29, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Sis, kedu?

      And trust me, I know the ostensible reason. I’m currently living and working in Lagos and the lateness of this decision completely disrupted a lot of plans we’d made for Thursday. Especially when people had to fly in from other cities for meetings which won’t hold as a result of this work free day foolishness.

      Why couldn’t this information have been communicated to everyone earlier so they could plan? Private businesses end up taking the cost of their myopic insensitivity (the cost of paying wages for staff who can’t achieve their productivity for the day, cancelling business meetings, etc).

      Makes no sense to abruptly disrupt all activity across the city for every other citizen, just so one single citizen can commission a bus terminal. This is what I keep saying about Nigeria – continually backward leadership (1980s style) means we will continue to fail at making the progress we always claim to be ready for.

  6. ogao

    March 28, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    No people, no country can succeed that has no value for time.
    There need be no difference between a President’s visit and the movement of any other Nigerian.. Aren’t leaders are supposed to be our servants? Should they be distorting the schedules of the people they are meant to be serving?

    When a President gets stuck in traffic then they can think sensibly that metro lines, modern overhead rails etc. in a city like Lagos are long overdue.

    APC is clearly overrating its popularity.

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