The Federal Government has declared Monday 12th and Tuesday 13th September, 2016 as public holidays to mark Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
Making the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, the Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, 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.
Mr. Dambazau, a retired Lieutenant General, stated that government is aware of the present economic challenges the nation is facing following the downturn in oil prices. He assured 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 expressed optimism that the present economic difficulties will soon be over. He urged everyone to continue to support the government towards building a new formidable Nigeria where peace, unity, security and sustainable development are guaranteed.
He wished all Nigerians a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration.