Independence: FG shuts down Federal secretariat, declares Oct 1 public holiday

The logo for the celebration of Nigeria's 60th year anniversary as unveiled by President Muhammadu Buhari
Emeh Joy

The Federal Government resolved to shut down the federal secretariat complex phases I to III from Wednesday to mark the 60th independence of Nigeria which is scheduled to hold at the Eagle Square on Thursday.

This was disclosed by the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan in a circular dated September 29, 2020, and titled, "Closure of federal secretariat Phases 1-3 on Wednesday, September 30, 200 to 2 pm".

The circular was addressed to all permanent secretaries and chief executive offices of Ministries, Department and Agencies operating from the three complexes.

Also to mark the anniversary, a Guard of Honour/Anniversary Parade is also scheduled for the Eagle Square.

The Eagle Square, which is the venue scheduled for this big event, is located in between the high rise federal secretariat complexes, hence the need to shut them down "for security reasons".

The circular read, " As you are aware, one of the major activities marking the celebration of the 60th independence anniversary of Nigeria is taking place in the Eagle Square on October 1 2020.

"Consequently, the federal secretariat, Phases 1-3 would be required to close for official business with effect from 2 pm on Wednesday, September 30, 2020.

"For security purposes, workers are, therefore, expected to vacate the complexes on or before 2 pm on the day.

"Please, bring the contents of this circular to the attention of all staff and other relevant stakeholders."

Clacified reported earlier that President Muhammadu Buhari unveiled the 60th-anniversary logo and the theme for the year's event tagged, "Nigeria at 60 is TOGETHER".

Speaking about the theme, Buhari said irrespective of the differences in the tongue, tribe and religion, Nigerian founding fathers had come together in unity to fight for independence.

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