The Federal Government has declared Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd May, 2022 as Public Holidays to mark this year’s Workers Day and Eid ul Fitr Celebrations.
The declaration was made Thursday, 28 April, by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, on behalf of the Federal Government.
TheFact Nigeria reports that the Minister in a statement signed by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. M. L Shuaib Belgore, while congratulating workers across the country on this year’s celebration, commended them for their hard work, diligence and sacrifice, and noted that their efforts were largely responsible for the greatness of the country and the respect Nigeria now commands in the comity of nations.
“Labour is the very essence of humanity. We are alive because we work and only the dead is incapable of working”, Aregbesola said. He therefore enjoined workers to imbibe the culture of productivity, saying “The end of work is productivity. It ts productivity that leads to satisfactory provision of goods and services and wealth creation. It is therefore the path to national and individual prosperity”.
He further urged workers 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 Minister also congratulated all Muslims for the successful completion of the holy month of Ramadan, and called on them to imbibe and practice the virtues of kindness, love, tolerance, peace, self denial, sacrifice and good neighbourliness, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad.
“The self restrain, self denial, sacrifice and deep spiritual consciousness that accompanied the fasting period should not end but be maintaimed and improved upon, in order to be a better person and true worshipper”, he advised.
Aregbesola also expressed confidence that the security challenges in some parts of the country would soon be a thing of the past, as the government wasq putting determined efforts and all necessary measures in place for Nigerians to enjoy unfettered peace all round.
He assured of the Federal Government’s full commitment to the security of life and property of every citizen and foreigner alike and commended all security agencies for the successes recorded in the fight against criminals across the country and for “the peace that has returned to the formerly embattled places”.
Aregbesola urged citizens to be part of the nation’s security architecture by being vigilant and reporting suspicious individuals and activities to law enforcement agencies nearest to them, noting that security is everybody’s responsibility.
He wish all Muslims a happy Eidul Fitr celebration and prayed that the peace, blessings and favours of Allah be with all.