Federal Government Wednesday declared Monday and Tuesday, September 12 and 13 as public holidays to mark the Eid-el-Kabir.
Minister of Interior, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rtd), in a statement signed by the acting Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Muhammadu Maccido, enjoined all Muslims and Nigerians in general to support and join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari in his sustained efforts to diversify the economy and progressively accelerate the pace of economic recovery.
The minister said the government was aware of the current economic challenges the nation was facing.
He said appropriate steps were being taken to address the challenges.
The minister added that the Federal Government was working to revitalise the agriculture sector and the “Youth Empowerment Scheme” in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
He said other areas of priority of the government included the “The “Change Begins with Me”, a value re-orientation programme, and other social intervention programmes as well as massive capital releases.
The minister expressed optimism that the current economic difficulties would soon be over, urging all to continue to support the government towards building a new formidable Nigeria.
He wished all Nigerians a happy sallah celebration.