Nigeria

FG Declares Friday Public Holiday; Banks, Essential Services Excluded

By Peter Jene

Friday, February 22 has been declared as a public holiday by the Federal Government of Nigeria to enable the Nigerian electorates prepare for the presidential and National Assembly elections scheduled for Saturday, February 23.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior, the staff of banks and financial institutions, as well as all those offering essential services across the country, are excluded.

“The work-free day is to enable citizens return to their polling units for the reschedule Presidential and National Assembly elections.

“Security agencies have been directed to ensure safety of lives and property before, during and after the general election”, the statement from the ministry said.

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