The Oyibi Divisional Council has reversed its previous decision to make Friday, September 30, a compulsory holiday for residents.
It follows a news announcement in which it urged all Oyibi Land residents to mark the day as an aspect of the Oyibi Yam Festival.
The Council stated in that announcement that the day commemorates a pivotal period in the history of the Oyibi Land; thus, the holiday was instituted to ensure that all citizens observe the special occasion.
“On behalf of Nii Boye Okanshan VI-Oyibi Mantse-and the whole principal elders of the Oyibi Divisional Council, I extend my seasonal greetings to all Oyibi Land residents.”
“The general Oyibi community is hereby informed that on Friday, 30th September which marks a significant day in the history of Oyibi Land “Oyibi Yele Yeli” (Oyibi Yam Festival) is a holiday and should be observed as such throughout the entire Oyibi Community only,” the first release stated.
However, within a day of making the first declaration, the Council has quickly advised residents and the general public to disregard the prior announcement.
“I wish to apologise to the entire citizens living in any part of Oyibi Community and the general public for releasing such a communique and I seek that such information should be disregarded.
“I am very sorry for any inconvenience caused,” On September 28, the Secretary to the Council, Enoch Alabi Nyomowoko, issued an appeal in a press release.