Lagos Govt Declares Thursday Public Holiday For Buhari’s Visit

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The Lagos State Government has declared Thursday, March 29 as a public holiday in the state.

This according to the state government is to enable Lagos residents to come out and welcome President Muhammadu Buhari who is set to visit the state.

In a statement issued on Tuesday by the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Kehinde Bamigbetan, the government also announced traffic diversions and alternative routes ahead of the presidential visit, which will take place between March 29 and 30.

President Buhari during the visit is expected to commission the new Ikeja Bus Terminal, attend a colloquium in honour of the national leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and also embark on a tour of the Eko Atlantic City, among others.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Imohimi Edgal, at a press briefing in the government office in Alausa, Ikeja, said adequate preparations have been made to mitigate the impact of the road diversions on residents, while access would be given to any emergency.

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“To ensure smooth, security-free visit of the President, we would need to do some diversions. Some certain roads will be closed at certain times; some diversions will be made,” he said.

Edgal, who called for support and understanding over the diversions added that the road closures and diversions will be temporary and immediately the President leaves a certain location, that area will be opened for the general public.

He listed the areas to be affected to include Bank Anthony Way in Ikeja, Agege Motor Road, a section of Eko Hotel Road in Victoria Island and Old Marina in Ikoyi axis.

Commercial motorcycles operators are also urged to stay away from the prohibited roads.

“We will not want to see commercial motorcycles plying the prohibited routes of Agege Motor Road, Bank Anthony Way and anywhere on the Island. Should that order be disobeyed, we would be constrained to ensure that you are arrested with your motorcycles impounded.

“Whoever is also found as a passenger will also be arrested and prosecuted so do not patronise these Okadas on these prohibited routes not only for the purpose of the visit but also to ensure that Lagos State Laws on the regulation of commercial motorbikes are obeyed at all times,” Edgal said.

He added that three locations have been designated for all first emergency responders to station their equipment and officials including the Police, National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), LASAMBUS, Civil Defence, Fire Brigade, among others at Ikeja, Victoria Island and Free Trade Zone at Lekki-Akodo axis.

FG Declares Public Holidays For Christmas, New Year

FG Declares Public Holidays For Christmas, New Year
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The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday, December 25 and 26, 2017 as public holidays to mark Christmas and Boxing Day.

Minister of Interior, Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), made the declaration on Thursday on behalf of the Federal Government.

He also announced that Monday, January 1, 2018, has been declared as public holiday to mark the New Year.

The minister appealed to Christian faithful and all Nigerians to use the period to pray earnestly for the betterment and development of the country.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Abubakar Magaji, he called on the people to strengthen their resolve to maintain peace and unity among themselves.

Dambazau further urged Nigerians, both at home and abroad, to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination to improve the quality of life of the citizens.

He wished everyone happy Christmas and New Year celebrations.

FG Declares Friday Public Holiday For Eid-El-Maulud

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The Federal Government has declared Friday as a public holiday for the Eid-El-Maulud celebrations.

This was contained in a statement by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Abubakar Magaji, on Wednesday.

The statement quoted the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd), as urging the Muslim faithful and Nigerians to pray for the peace, progress, and unity of the nation.

“The minister wishes Nigerians a happy Eid-El-Maulud celebration,” the statement added.

Zimbabwe Declares Mugabe’s Birthday As Public Holiday

This file photo taken on April 18, 2017 shows Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe reviewing the guard of honour during the country’s 37th Independence Day celebrations at the National Sports Stadium in Harare. Jekesai NJIKIZANA / AFP

Zimbabwe has made former president Robert Mugabe’s birthday a public holiday, a state daily reported this on Monday, nearly a week after the long-time ruler stepped down.

“It is hereby declared that February 21 of every year henceforth shall be a public holiday to be known as the Robert Mugabe National Youth Day,” The Herald newspaper reported, citing a government gazette.

The move follows intense lobbying by the ruling ZANU-PF party’s youth league and came weeks after the country’s biggest airport was renamed after the veteran politician who ruled Zimbabwe for nearly 40 years.

His tenure withstood repeated claims of hanging on to power through brutal repression of dissent, election rigging and corruption, until concerted pressure from the military finally forced to quit.

Parliament had begun proceedings to impeach Mugabe for allowing his wife and a coterie of followers to “capture” the ruling party.

The 93-year-old was replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, who was vice president until Mugabe fired him just weeks ago.

The declaration of his birthday as a holiday is the latest of many accolades.

Zimbabwe’s school of intelligence was named after him while a $1-billion Robert Mugabe university is also in the works.

Several buildings and roads across the country are also named after him.

Zimbabwe’s opposition accuse Mugabe of spending scarce money on wasteful projects despite the country being forced to grapple with poverty and an unemployment rate of more than 90 percent.


Obiano Declares November 17 As Public Holiday

The Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, has declared November 17, 2017, as a work-free day to enable civil servants in the state to relocate to their electoral wards to be able to participate in the governorship polls on the 18th.

The governor announced this when he addressed civil servants during the 2017 African Public Service Day at Jerome Udoji Secretariat, Awka, and also used the occasion to solicit for support for the election.

The governor also announced the payment of their leave allowance on the 15th of November, as well clear matters concerning the contributory pension whereby he dismisses the insinuation that his administration has mandated all workers under the state to enroll and contribute their pension adding that his government has set up a committee to examine the programme and advice government on what to do.

He, however, appealed to them to make sure they not only cast their votes but also to protect their votes as his victory will determine the sustenance of the incentives they are enjoying as Anambra workers.

Eid-El-Fitri: FG Declares Monday, Tuesday Public Holiday

Eid-El-Fitri: FG Declares Monday, Tuesday Public HolidayThe Federal Government has declared Monday, June 26 and Tuesday, June 27 as public holiday to mark Id-El-Fitri celebration.

The Minister of Interior, Retired Lieutenant General Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on Thursday in Abuja on behalf of the Federal Government.

He urged Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to use the occasion of the celebration for sober reflection and pray for peace, unity and progress of the nation.

The minister also asked Nigerians to shun hate speeches and divisive tendencies and join hands with the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari to build a peaceful, strong and united Nigeria.

He said such step would guarantee fundamental freedoms, including the right of residence in any part of the country as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Dambazau wished Nigerians a peaceful and rewarding celebration and assured the people of government’s resolve to be just and fair to all.

Democracy Day: FG Declares Monday Public Holiday

prisonThe Federal Government has declared Monday, May 29, as a public holiday to mark Democracy Day.

The Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd) made the declaration, a statement by Director Overseeing the Office of the
Permanent Secretary, Muhammadu Maccido, said.

Dambazau congratulated Nigerians and assured them that government would continue to make efforts to guaranty their safety.

According to him, guaranteeing security, revitalising the economy, and tackling corruption are the three main focus areas of administration of President Muhammedu Buhari.

“While a lot has been achieved in the area of security, particularly in the northeast, and in tackling corruption, recent statistics released by the National Bureau of Statistics have shown tremendous improvement of the country’s GDP,” the statement read in part.

“No doubt, the nation is closer to getting out of recession, particularly with the recently launched Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), which seeks to revitalise the nation’s economy soonest.”

It added that with the recently signed Executive Orders on Ease of Doing Business, the country’s doors have been opened wider for both domestic and foreign investors.

Eid-El-Maulud: FG Declares Dec 12 Public Holiday

Eid-El-Maulud: FG Declares Dec 12 Public HolidayThe federal government has declared Monday, December 12, as public holiday to mark the Eid-el-Maulud celebration.

‎The Minister Of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, made this known on Thursday in Abuja.

The Minister told all Muslim faithful and Nigerians to support efforts being made by President Muhammadu Buhari to build a strong, united and peaceful nation. ‎

‎He also asked Nigerians to use the occasion to pray for peace and sustainable national development.

Eid-el-Fitr: FG Extends Public Holiday To Thursday

Eid-el-Fitr, Public HolidayThe Federal Government has declared Wednesday and Thursday public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Fitr.

The Minister of Interior, Retired General Abdulrahman Dambazau said, “Following the directive of the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto, to the effect that the Ramadan fast continues on Tuesday, as a result of the non-sighting of the moon, the federal government has now declared Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th July, 2016 as Public Holiday”.

The Federal Government had earlier declared Tuesday, July 5 and Wednesday, July 6, 2016 as public holiday to mark the Eid-el Fitri celebrations.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Mr Bassey Akpanyung, General Dambazau urged Nigerians to use this period of sober reflections to ensure harmony, unity and peaceful co-existence.

He also asked that citizens give full support to the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained effort to pursue socio-economic and political growth of the nation.

FG Declares Friday, January 2, 2015 As Public Holiday

Public HolidayThe Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, January 2, 2015 as public holiday to mark Eid el Maloud.

The announcement was made by the Minister of Interior, Abba Moro, on behalf of the government.

In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Makaji Abdulahi, Moro urged Muslim faithful and all Nigerians to pray for the peace and unity of the country.

Moro further urged all Nigerians to engage in violent free activities in the run off to the 2015 general elections and to support President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda to move Nigeria to the next level of development.

Moro also wished all Muslim faithful and Nigerians a very peaceful celebration.

The Federal Government had earlier declared January 1, 2015 as public holiday to mark the New Year.

Jesus’ Birth, Climax Of God’s Love For Mankind – Fayemi

Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has described the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ as the climax of God’s love for mankind.

The Governor in his Christmas message to the people of the state said that God used the birth of Christ to ensure the salvation of man from sin and rescue man from eternal perdition.

In a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Olayinka Oyebode, the Governor advised the people of the state to emulate God’s love by showing love to fellow citizens regardless of their religious belief.

The Governor advised Ekiti people, especially Christians, to spend the Christmas season in sober reflection and self-examination of their relationship with their Creator.

While urging Christians to learn the lesson of humility as demonstrated in the birth of Jesus, Governor Fayemi noted that the birth of Jesus Christ in a manger demonstrated uncommon humility.

The Governor admonished them to use the season to share love and lend a helping hand to others, most especially the less privileged.

Describing this Christmas celebration as the last one to be celebrated before the 2014 governorship election, Governor Fayemi admonished the people of the state to pray for a peaceful and successful conduct of the polls.

He reiterated the readiness of his administration to continue to ensure peaceful coexistence of adherents of all religions in the state and offer them conducive atmosphere to practise their faiths.

Sallah: FG declares Thursday, Friday public holidays

The Federal Government has declared Thursday and Friday as public holidays to mark the 2012 Eid El-Kabir celebrations.

The Minister of Interior, Abba Moro who announced this in Abuja on Monday, called on Nigerians to imbibe and emulate the worthy tenets of Islam as practiced by the holy Prophet Mohammad.

A statement by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of interior, Daniel Nwaobia quoted Mr Moro as urging the citizens to pray for peace and prosperity of the nation.