The Lagos State government has stated that an official public holiday for traditional worshippers in the state is being considered, allowing them to celebrate alongside their Christian and Muslim counterparts.
Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf, the Commissioner for Tourism, and Solomon Bonu, the Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Tourism, Arts, and Culture, revealed this while providing an account of their stewardship over the past two years.
The bill proposing a public holiday for traditional worshipers is currently before the State House of Assembly, according to Bonu.
He stated that it would be passed by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu as soon as possible. According to the Special Adviser, a particular day will be set aside as a public holiday or work-free day for traditional worshippers.
“On that day, which will almost certainly be in August, the government will organize events to commemorate them at a location where all worshipers will congregate.
It is our culture; it is our forefathers’ and foremothers’ faith before Christianity and Islam. As a result, the day will provide us with an opportunity to showcase our heritage and culture,” he said.