Jos - Mr Ezekiel Dalyop, the Plateau Head of Service (HOS), on Monday, called for prayers for the nation in 2015, following the depreciation value of oil in the international market which had negative impact on workers’ salaries.
Dalyop made the call at a news conference in Jos, saying that other concerns of the nation that called for prayers in 2015 was the general elections scheduled to take place early in the year.
He said "honestly, every year comes with a lot of expectations and the year 2015 will be a year of mixed feelings for many people, especially civil servants.
"This is majorly because of the general elections which are around the corner; it is a year that we are going to have another transition and we need to pray about it.
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"People are praying that it will go well with the nation, and this is the prayer of Plateau workers and the people.
"The workers are part of the society, what affects the society affects us, if there is anything that we are asking God for, it is that He should give us peaceful transition into 2015.’’
The head of service then said that "our second request is that God should heal the nation’s economy which is in very bad shape.
"We have discovered that since the fall of the naira against the dollar arising from oil sales in the international market, it has not been business as usual for the nation.
"We are praying to God to restore the strength of the naira against the dollar in order to restore back the glory of the nation.’’
He, however, described the turnout of workers in the state after the Christmas break as commendable, dismissing insinuations that some could not return because they were owed salaries in arrears.
"Workers are back to their offices for work, not all of them have resumed, but a good number are back.
"The celebration coincided with the weekend and workers had four good days of rest.’’