The Ogun Assembly approves a public holiday for traditional worshipers on August 20

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A resolution approved by the Ogun State House of Assembly designates yearly August 20 as Isese-Cultural Day and asks that Ogun be given the day off from work.

The resolution, known as “H.R. No.008/OG/2023-Observation of Isese Day as Work-Free Day in Ogun State,” was approved following a discussion among state legislators. The motion was made by the majority leader, Yusuf Sherif, and the minority leader, Lukmon Adeleye.

The Speaker, Olakunle Oluomo, presided over a plenary on Tuesday during which members, including the sponsor, Adegoke Adeyanju, endorsed the designation of August 20 as a public holiday for practitioners of traditional religions.

Reps. Damilola Soneye, Musefiu Lamidi, Yusuf Amosun, Olanrewaju Bakare, Waliu Owode, Oluwadamilare Bello, and Adebisi Oyedele said in their individual contributions that “the resolution was aimed at propagating the rich culture and tradition of the state, thereby preserving it for the upcoming generations.”

Ayodele Wasiu, Oluseun Adesanya, Babatunde Tella, and Minority Leader Lukman Adeleye, among others, concurred that the resolution would promote tourism and the distinctiveness of the state’s culture and traditions, according to a statement released by the Assembly.

In his response, Speaker Oluomo thanked the MPs for their assistance in passing the resolution, which he claimed would give the people’s traditional values a rightful identity.

Clarified Oluomo: “The declaration of a public holiday remains the sole preserve of the Federal Government.”

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