The Federal Government yesterday declared Monday, September 12 and Tuesday, September 13, 2016 as public holidays for the Eid-el-Kabir celebration. The Minister of Interior, retired Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, made the declaration on behalf of the federal government in a statement from the Acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Alhaji Muhammadu Maccido, yesterday.
The minister enjoined Muslims and Nigerians in general to support and co-operate with President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained effort to diversify the economy and progressively accelerate the pace of economic recovery.
Dambazau said government was aware of the present economic challenges in the nation following the downturn in oil prices, assuring that appropriate steps were being taken to address them, especially through revitalizing the agricultural sector.
He said apart from the “Youth Empowerment Scheme”, a value re-orientation programme and other social intervention programmes, the government had carried out a massive capital release aimed at stimulating the economy towards the path of growth and recovery.
He expressed optimism that the present economic difficulties would soon be over and urged all to continue to support the government to build a new formidable Nigeria.