FG declares Friday public holiday, excludes banks, essential duty companies


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The Federal Government has declared Friday, February 22, 2019, as a public holiday, ahead of the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Interior, Lt. Gen. Bello Dambazau (retd), in Abuja on Wednesday.

According to a statement made available by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, Georgina Ehuriah, bankers and other companies providing essential services are excluded from the holiday.

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It said, “The Federal Government declares Friday, February 22, 2019, as work-free day. Those providing essential duties and bankers 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 added.

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