The Federal Government of Nigeria has officially declared Oct 1 as a holiday to the delight of many in the labour force as it will be a free work day. It falls on a Monday too, so that makes for a long weekend. The announcement was made on Thursday, September 27, by the minister of interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Dambazau (retd.).
Proceedings look to take on the customary march passes from military, paramilitary, and other social groups. Military plane maneuvers will also make the cut as always.
A cake worth millions of Naira may be conspicuously absent this time, but a gala night and dinner will be held to celebrate the occasion.
The statement reads:
‘On the of Independence Day, Monday the 1st October 2018, we will begin with the traditional Media Broadcast at 7:00 am; followed by Independence Parade at the Eagle Square at 9,00am featuring Match past by Military and Para-Military forces, Labour Union and the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC); Air Display by Air Force fighter Jets over the skies of Abuja; Paratroopers Display; and Military equipment fanfare.
‘The Day will come to a close with a Dinner and Gala Night at the State House Banquet Hall in the Presidential Villa, Abuja at 6.00pm.
‘The Central Organising Committee under the able leadership of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation is using this medium to solicit the support and co-operation of all Nigerians to ensure that we have a robust and hitch-free 58th Independence Anniversary Celebrations. In the coming days, there will be rehearsals and simulations by various agencies preparatory to D-Day
‘Some of the activities will involve the movement of military hardware as well as flight manoveurs by fast Air-Force jets and helicopters within the Federal Capital Territory airspace. The major affected airspaces include; the Eagles Square/Three Arms Zone, Keffl, Ado, Orozo, Karu, Nyanya and Guzape/Asokoro areas. The Air-Force jet simulations are planned from 14th 30tln of September 2018, between the hours of 10.00am 11.30am and 15.00pm 16.00pm daily.
‘Members of the public are kindly advised not to panic at the sight and sound of these personnel and equipment maneuvers by the military and other paramilitary agencies, but go about their normal activities as usual.
‘Ladies and Gentlemen of the press, it is our plea that you give this conference the widest publicity possible,’ He said.