The Federal Government of Nigeria, has declared Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd May 2022 as public holidays to commemorate this year’s Workers Day and Eid-il-Fitr celebrations.
This decision was made known by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola in a statement signed by the permanent secretary of the ministry, Dr. Shuaib Belgore which was obtained by Africa Daily News, New York on Thursday.
Aregbesola who used the medium to congratulate workers across the country on this year’s celebration, praised them for their hard work, diligence and sacrifice to the country, stressing that their efforts are largely responsible for the greatness of the country and the respect Nigeria now commands in the comity of nations on the planet.
According to him, ‘Labor is the very essence of humanity. We are alive because we work and only the dead are incapable of working.’
He went on to enjoin all workers across the country to do their best to imbibe the culture of productivity, because according to him, ‘The end of work is productivity. It is productivity that leads to the satisfactory provision of goods and services and wealth creation. It is, therefore, the path to national and individual prosperity.’
The minister further went on to encourage workers to raise the bar of their trade-in 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.
Also congratulating all Muslims for the successful completion of the holy month of Ramada, Aregbesola called on all of them to exemplify and practice the virtues of kindness, love, tolerance, peace, self-denial, sacrifice and good neighbourliness, as exemplified by the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon Him).
‘The self-restraint, self-denial, sacrifice and deep spiritual consciousness that accompanied the fasting period should not end but be maintained and improved upon, in order to be a better person and true worshipper,’ he admonished.
While expressing confidence that the security challenges in some parts of the country will soon be a thing of the past, he said that the government is putting efforts and putting all necessary measures in place for Nigerians to enjoy total peace all around in no distant time.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK