Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Honourable Minister for Interior

Eid-el-Kabir: Government declares public holidays Thursday, Friday

*Muslims should use occasion to pray for peace, unity, prosperity, stability of the country ─Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Minister for Interior

*FRSC deploys 1,010 personnel, drones during Eid-el-Kabir festivities in Niger

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

The Federal Government has declared Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31, 2020, as public holidays in marking this year’s Eid-el-Kabir for Muslims across the country.

Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, Honourable Minister for Interior, on behalf of the Nigerian Government, disclosed this in a statement Tuesday, July 28, in Abuja, FCT.

In the statement Mrs. Georgina Ehuriah, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, signed, Ogbeni Aregbesola congratulated Muslim faithful and all Nigerians both at home and abroad on the occasion of the celebrations.

The Minister called on Muslims to continue to imbibe the spirit of love, peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).

He urged Muslims to use the period to pray for peace, unity, prosperity and the stability of the country, especially as the world is witnessing global health challenges caused by Covid-19 pandemic.

The Administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is fully committed to battling the scourge with the cooperation of all Nigerians, he stressed.

According to Aregbesola, the government would continue to foster peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and stability in its march towards actualising the full potential of the country.

He encouraged Nigerians to join hands with Muhammadu Buhari Administration to build a peaceful, harmonious and prosperous country, where the rights of every citizen, are protected and guaranteed as enshrined in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The Minister, however, urged consumers to take responsibility against the spread of the COVID-19 virus, and stay safe by observing physical and social distancing, personal and respiratory hygiene, as well as other regulations issued by relevant authorities.

Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Niger State Sector Command, says it will deploy about 1,010 personnel, including drones for traffic control during the 2020 Eid-el-Kabir festivities.

Mr. Joel Dagwa, FRSC Sector Commander in the state, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Minna, Tuesday, July 28.

Dagwa said that the FRSC Command would deploy additional patrol vehicles, three ambulances, a tow truck and power bike for road surveillance during the celebrations.

He explained that the operations would be aligned with the ongoing Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) containment operations in the state.

“We have since embarked on aggressive patrols at Mokwa, Magama, Rafi, Suleja and Paikoro Local Government Areas that share borders with FCT, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kogi and Kwara states.

“We will ensure that only qualified and duly certified drivers and vehicles ply highways during and after the festivities,” Dagwa said.