The Federal Government has declared Thursday, October 1, as public holiday in commemoration of the nation’s 60th Independence Anniversary Celebration.
Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, congratulated all Nigerians on the celebration of the country’s Diamond Jubilee and assured them of Government’s unwavering commitment to the socio-economic transformation of the country.
His declaration was contained in a statement issued Tuesday in Abuja and signed by the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Barr. Georgina Ekeoma Ehuriah.
Accoy to the minister, “our warmth, welcoming spirit and love as well as the abundant wealth inherent in our human capital and the richness of our land, makes Nigeria unarguably the leading black nation in the world and Africa’s pride and beacon of hope, if we can rally ourselves together to harness our potentials.
“A country of about 200 million people whose natural talent, grit and passion glitter like the precious DIAMOND that we are. Nigerians are sparkling like diamonds in the pack, whether in Academia, Business, Innovation, Music, Movie, Entertainment, Fashion and culture. We are indeed the leading black nation in the entire world and no doubt Africa’s pride and beacon of hope”.
He said though, “celebrating sixty years of independence really calls for pomp and pageantry, but with the global COVID-19 pandemic, which has forced all nations in the world to think and act cautiously, we cannot avoid the imperative of a low-keyed celebration at this time.
“While wishing Nigerians a fruitful independence celebration, he reminded them of the fact that our founding fathers, in spite of the differences in faith, tribe and tongue came together for Nigeria’s independence.
Also President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to submit the 2021 budget to the Senate next week.
Senate President Ahmed Lawan disclosed this while delivering his welcome address to legislators at plenary on Tuesday.
With the new development, the Senate president says the government MDA’s will be given only the month of October to defend their budgets.