FG unveils independence anniversary programme

The Federal Government will on Friday kick-start activities marking Nigerias Independence Day celebration.

This was disclosed to State House correspondents by the Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President, Namadi Sambo.

Maku said the meeting deliberated on the programme for the independence celebration submitted to the Council by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, adding that the programme will begin with Muslim prayer at the National Mosque, Abuja, on Friday.

He said the Muslim prayer will be followed by inter-denomination Christian prayer at the National Christian Centre on Sunday.

He added that President Goodluck Jonathan will on Monday give out national honors at the International Conference Centre as part of activities marking the anniversary.

The minister stated that the President will give a national broadcast at 7.00am on October 1, while change of guards ceremony will take place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, at 9.00am.

The Independent Anniversary Dinner will take place at the State House Banquet Hall at 7.00pm on same day, Maku stated.

He noted that Jonathans administration has carried out landmark reforms in various sectors of the nation’s economy in the last four years.

The reforms the President has brought on board has given Nigeria a new face, he told journalists.