Banks and state government offices were closed on Friday in Osun State to mark the ‘Isese Day’ celebration, a day set aside by the Osun Government for traditional religion worshipers or believers, to celebrate their deities and exhibit their religion.
In 2013, a former governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, approved August 20 as a public holiday in the state for Traditional Worshipers, under Section 2 (2) of the Public Holidays Act CAP P40 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2010.
In compliance to this, banks in Osogbo were shut down, offices at the state government secretariat in Abere, Osogbo, were closed for business transactions while the secretariats of Olorunda Local Government and Osogbo Local Government, both in Osogbo, were equally deserted with the exclusion of the security men who were on duty.
Also, all schools in the state were closed for the holiday, but some Federal Government establishments were open for business activities, as the holiday was not binding on Federal workers.
TOS News reported that Governor Gboyega Oyetola on Wednesday, through the Osun Commissioner for Home Affairs, Alhaji Tajudeen Lawal, announced that Friday, August 20 would be a public holiday to celebrate the 2021 Isese Day.
Although the statement said the 2021 festival would be devoid of usual fanfare because of the increasing rate of the third wave of COVID-19 in the country.