Nigeria @ 63: FG reveals celebration plan

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The Federal Government has themed the 63rd Independence Day Anniversary celebration, “Nigeria @ 63, Renewed Hope for Unity and Prosperity.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume, stated this in Abuja while revealing the government’s plan for the celebration on Monday.

He explained that due to the current economic realities, President Bola Tinubu has ordered a modest celebration this year.

Akume said the government was concerned with working with relevant stakeholders, including the organised Labour, to bring succour to all citizens.

On the programme lined up for the 63rd Independence Day Anniversary, Akume said, “As you are aware, the president has given his approval for this 63rd anniversary to be low-key in line with the present economic realities. The theme of the anniversary is “Nigeria @ 63, Renewed Hope for unity and prosperity.

“In view of the above, the following programmes have been lined up to mark the celebration: World Press Conference on Monday, 26th September at the National Press Center, Radio House Abuja at 11am. Anniversary Symposium/Public Lecture, Thursday, 28th September 2023 at State House Conference Centre at 10 am.

“Lecture on Friday, 29th September 2023 at the National Mosque Conference Center at 10am and Juma’at Prayer at the National Mosque at 1pm.

“Presidential Broadcast, Sunday, 1st October, 2023 at 7am. Inter-Denominational Church Service on Sunday, 1st October, 2023 at the National Christian Center at 10am. Military Parade on Monday, 2nd October, 2023 at the Presidential Villa, at 9am.”

On the economic situation in the country, the SGF said the Tinubu administration is aware of its effects on the citizens, pointing out that the president’s Renewed Hope Agenda is tailored to straighten out the situation.

He noted: “The government is fully aware of the economic challenges that Nigerians are confronted with since the removal of the fuel subsidy as well as the impact of the global economic downturn.

“The government is working assiduously to provide the necessary palliatives so as to mitigate such challenges and also the provision of buses to ease hardship on transportation among others.

“At the same time, the government is engaging with Labour in order to address areas of concern for the well-being of all Nigerian workers and Nigerians generally.”

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