Buhari Approves N70m For Independence Celebrations

Buhari Approves N70m For  Independence Celebrations
September 22 16:47 2015 Print This Article

* to address nation October 1? at 7am

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sum of N70 million for this year’s 55th Independence celebrations of the country.

He has also approved only four events for this year’s celebration which are, the Jumat prayers, interdenominational thanksgiving service, ceremonial change of guards and a children’s party.

He said his administration adoption of a minimal budget was in line with its general policy to be very prudent in the management of the nation’s financial resources, amidst dwindling resources.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal told newsmen at a press conference that President Buhari, reluctantly gave the approval amidst complains that the said the sum would have been useful to pay workers salaries.

Represented by the Permanent Secretary (Political), Ibukun Odusote, in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Lawal said the President had argued that the money was too much to be spent on frivolities such as celebrations amidst harsh economic realities facing Nigerians.

According to him, “this year’s celebration is, indeed low key because the present administration appreciates the economic hardship that Nigerians and the nation is confronted with today and he almost slashed it downward from N70 million.

“To address the situation, government has adopted a general policy to be very prudent in the management of our financial resources, so this year’s celebration is, therefore, in consonance with the cost-saving policy direction of this administration”.

The SGF said “four events have been approved by the president to manage the entire celebration process”.

The independence anniversary would kick start with Jummat prayers on Friday 25 September, at the National Mosque, Abuja, this will be followed by interdenominational thanksgiving service on Sunday 27th September, at the National Christian Worship Centre, followed by ceremonial change of guards on 1st October, 2015 at the Presidential Villa.
Children’s party which will be the last event of the anniversary will be held on Saturday, 3rd October at the State House Conference Centre.
“Apart from these four events the President will also address the nation on October 1.

“To ensure a successful commemoration, four sub-committees have been constituted to handle the preparations for each of the four events”, the SGF said.

It would be recalled that the Goodluck Jonathan administration had run a low key celebration with exception of 2010 when the nation marked the 50th Golden Jubilee anniversary and the centenary celebration in 2014.

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