Ahead of the February 23 presidential and national Assembly elections, the Federal Government has declared Friday, February 22, as public holiday.
Across the country, however, workers on essential duties such as bankers are exempted from the holiday, which is meant to enable Nigerians prepare for the Saturday elections. Those who have to travel long distance especially across states are expected to use the opportunity to make their trip.
“The Federal Government has declared Friday, February 22, 2019 as work-free day. Those providing essential duties and bankers are excluded.
“The work-free day is to enable citizens return to their poling units for the reschedule Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“Security agencies have been directed to ensure safety of lives and property before, during and after the general election,” a statement from the Ministry of Interior read.