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Gov. Otu declares 14-day Christmas holiday in Cross River

Governor Bassey Otu of Cross River has declared an extended fourteen-day Christmas holiday for all civil servants in the state.

In an official statement released on Wednesday (today), the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Emmanuel Ogbeche, clarified that only essential workers will be exempted from this holiday.

Governor Otu thanked the workers for their dedication and hard work throughout the year.

He encouraged them to take this opportunity to spend valuable time with their families and also urged them to actively participate in the annual Calabar Carnival.

The state governor emphasized his administration's commitment to ensuring high standards and a conducive atmosphere for all in the region, while expressing warm wishes for a joyful Christmas and a prosperous coming year.

FRSC warns motorists ahead of the Christmas holidays

Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned motorists about safety measures before, during and after the 2023 Christmas holidays.

In a statement issued to journalists on Friday morning, the Delta State Sector Command of the FRSC warned motorists to adhere to driving rules and be mindful of their own and commuters' safety during and after the Christmas period.

The Corps' Delta Sector Commander, Bassey Eshiet, is said to have issued the warnings in Asaba earlier today.

He stressed the importance of drivers, pedestrians and all individuals recognizing that ensuring road safety is a collective responsibility.

“We urge everyone to do everything they can to stay safe; When you drive, you should know that you are the only sane person on the road, and therefore you should act as such by being safety conscious.

“Don't let your safety depend on other road users, but make sure you pay attention to yourself and keep sufficient distance between the vehicle in front of you.

“Do not follow vehicles so closely that you cannot avoid an accident if they come to a stop; make sure your tires are good; all worn tires should be thrown away at a time like this.

“We advise people traveling from one distant place to another to plan their trip; check that you are fit for the trip and if you are not, rest.

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“Take the necessary medications until you are fit for the trip; if you are emotionally disturbed, don't drive, and if you can pull, don't drive; it will help us a lot,” Eshiet said.

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