ABUJA—The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13, 2016, as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
This was contained in a statement signed by the Acting Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, in Abuja. According to the statement, “making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (retd), enjoined all Muslim faithful and Nigerians in general to support, co-operate and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained efforts to diversify the economy and progressively accelerate the pace of economic recovery.
“Gen Dambazau states that government is aware of the present economic challenges the nation is facing, following the downturn in oil prices, and assures that appropriate steps are being taken to address them, especially through revitalizing the agricultural sector, the ‘Youth Empowerment Scheme’ in the Information and Communication Technology (ICT), the ‘Change Begins with Me,’ a value re-orientation programme and other ‘Social Intervention’ programmes, as well as massive capital release, all aimed at stimulating the economy towards the path of growth and recovery.
“The minister expresses optimism that the present economic difficulties will soon be over and, therefore, urges all to continue to support the government towards building a new, formidable Nigeria where peace, unity, security and sustainable development are guaranteed,” the statement read.