The authorities of Jigawa state have approved the reduction of official working hours in the state by two hours due to the ongoing Ramadan fast.
In a statement issued on Tuesday in Dutse by Isma’il Ibrahim, the Public Relations Officer in the Office of the State Head of the Civil Service, Inuwa Tahir, said civil servants in the state would henceforth report to the office at 9 AM and close by 3 PM between Monday and Thursday instead of 5 PM.
It enjoined civil servants in the state to use the Ramadan to pray for God’s guidance and blessings for the state.
The statement also urged civil servants to use the fasting period to pray for the peace and economic prosperity of the state and Nigeria at large.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Defence Headquarters (DHQ) on Sunday warned of imminent plots by terror group, Boko Haram, to carryout large-scale bombings during the Ramadan period.
A statement issued by the Army read: “Information available to this Headquarters indicated plans by terrorists to use the Ramadan period which usually attracts gathering of large number of persons during morning and evening worships and prayers to carryout large-scale bombings.
Against this background, the Defence Headquarters wishes to once again advise the general public to be watchful of strange persons and objects in their localities particularly, around places of worships and to promptly report same to security agencies.
It is further to advise that adequate security and surveillance be evolved by respective places of worship to forestall any unwholesome acts by some unscrupulous elements.
The DHQ wishes to reassure law abiding citizens to go about their normal businesses while efforts are being made to eliminate the remnants of the terrorists from their hideouts as well as addressing other security challenges in the country.”