Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and 3 respectively has been declared as public holidays in Nigeria, to mark the Workers Day and Eld-el-Fitr celebrations.
Federal Government declared the holiday through the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, after statement by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Shuaib Belgore, was released on Thursday.
Part of the statement read, “Labour is the very essence of humanity. We are alive because we work and only the dead are incapable of working.
“I, therefore, enjoin workers to imbibe the culture of productivity. Workers are also urged to raise the bar of their trade in line with the President, Muhammadu Buhari-led administration’s drive to rev up the vehicle of governance and make all the people of Nigeria derive maximum benefit from the nation. The end of work is productivity. It is productivity that leads to the satisfactory provision of goods and services and wealth creation. It is therefore the path to national and individual prosperity.”
Aregbesola after congratulating all Muslims on the successful completion of the holy month of Ramadan, urged all Muslims to imbibe and practise the virtues of kindness, love, tolerance, peace, self-denial, sacrifice, and good neighbourliness, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
Speaking on the security issues in the country, Aregbesola stated that the government is putting making efforts to make sure that all the security challenges in some parts of the country will soon be a thing of the past, because necessary measures are in place for Nigerians to enjoy unrestricted peace in all areas.
“Aregbesola assured Nigerians that the Buhari regime was fully committed to the security of life and property of every citizen and foreigners alike, urging Nigerians to be part of the nation’s security architecture by being vigilant and reporting suspicious individuals and activities to law enforcement agencies.”