The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday respectively as public holidays to mark 2016 Eid-el-Kabir celebration.
The Interior Minister, Lt-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.), who made the declaration on behalf of federal government, 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.”
A statement through acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Muhammadu Maccido, in Abuja on Wednesday, said Dambazau noted that the government was aware of present economic challenges confronting the nation, following downturn in oil prices.
According to the statement, Dambazau, assured that appropriate steps were being taken to address them, especially through revitalising the agricultural sector, ‘Youth Empowerment Scheme’ in Information and Communication Technology, ‘Change Begins with Me’, a value re-orientation programme and other social intervention programmes, as well as through massive capital release, all aimed at stimulating the economy towards path of recovery and growth.
“The minister expresses optimism that the present economic difficulties would 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. He wishes all Nigerians, a happy Eid-el-Kabir celebration,” the statement said.
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