May 1, 2020, has been declared by the Federal Government as public holiday to mark this year’s International Workers’ Day Celebration.

According to The Punch, this new development was disclosed in a statement by the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola,

Specifically, the statement was signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Georgina Ehuriah.

Aregbesola speaking in the statement, commended Nigerian workers “for their resilience, patience and understanding, particularly in their support at stemming the spread of COVID-19” in the statement.

Speaking further, Aregbesola thanked Nigerians and the labour force for their “sacrifices in the present period of trial”, assured that their “commitment and patience will complement the efforts being made by Government and other stakeholders to ensure the speedy control of the virus”.

He said, “With the cooperation of every citizen, as well as strict adherence to the measures being put in place by relevant authorities, the challenges being faced by Nigerians as a result of the disease, would soon be put behind.”

The Minister also stressed that “the economy of the country will rebound and be stronger after the COVID-19 experience, taking cognisance of the various economic stabilisation efforts by the Federal Government”.