Published On: Wed, Sep 23rd, 2015



The Federal Government has budgeted N70m to celebrate the country’s 55th Independence Anniversary.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, who provided the figure during a press briefing held on Tuesday in Abuja, promised that the celebration would be a low-key programme due to the prevailing economic constraints.

If implemented, the development will mark a clear departure from previous administrations which usually budgetted huge amounts for the celebration.

The Permanent Secretary (Political Office) in the Office of the SGF, Ibukun Odusote, represented the SGF at the media briefing.

According to the programme outlined by the organising committee, President Muhammadu Buhari will also address the nation on October 1, 2015 by 7am.

Lawal said the independence anniversary would begin with Jummat prayers on Friday, September 25, at the National Mosque, Abuja. This, he said, would be followed by interdenominational thanksgiving service on Sunday, September 27, at the National Christian Worship Centre.

There will also be a ceremonial change of guards on October 1, at the Presidential Villa.

The children’s party which will be the last event of the anniversary will be held on Saturday, October 3, at the State House conference centre.

The SGF said the government has adopted a general policy to be very prudent in the management of its financial resources.

He said rather than roll out the drums in celebration of the anniversary, Nigerians should see it as an opportunity for deep and sober reflection to work together to return the country to prosperity.

Lawal said, “Let me emphasise that this year’s celebration is going to be indeed low-key. This is because the present administration appreciates the economic hardship that Nigerians and, indeed, the nation are confronted with today.

“To address the situation, the government has adopted a general policy to be very prudent in the management of our financial resources.”



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