FG Declares Friday, Monday Public Holidays for Easter Celebration

•FRSC deploys 743 vehicles, 144 motorbikes for enhanced patrol logistics

Michael Olugbode and Kasim Sumaina in Abuja

The federal government has declared Friday, March 29, and Monday, April 1, 2024, as public holidays to mark the 2024 Good Friday and Easter Monday respectively.

Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, who made the declaration on Wednesday on behalf of the federal government, urged Christians and all Nigerians in general to emulate the sacrifice and love displayed by Jesus Christ in dying for the redemption of man.

He said Easter, beyond religious significance, promoted values of love, forgiveness and compassion which were essential for social cohesion and harmony. 

He called on Christians to imbibe these virtues as they were capable of impacting positively on the socio-economic development in Nigeria by fostering unity, reducing conflicts and encouraging cooperation among Nigerians.

The minster further urged Nigerians to show acts of charity and generosity to help alleviate the material conditions of the less privileged amongst them.  This, he said, was in tandem with the Renewed Hope Agenda of the president.

Tunji-Ojo, while wishing Christians at home and abroad a happy and blissful Easter celebration, called on Nigerians to join hands with the Tinubu administration in its determination to bring sustainable development and usher in prosperity to all.

Meanwhile, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), has deployed over 743 patrol vehicles, 184 administrative vehicles, 92 ambulances, 23 tow trucks and 144 motorbikes as part of the patrol logistics to mark the 2024 Easter celebrations.

The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps ( FRSC), Dauda Ali Biu, has therefore tasked Commanding Officers to ensure full deployment of staff for maximum visibility, prompt removal of obstructions and ease of movement on all highways across the country.

This, Biu said, was in line with the operational guidelines of this year’s Easter special patrol scheduled to commence from 29 March to 2 April, 2024.

Biu, in a statement in Abuja by the Assistant Corps Marshal, Corps Public Education Officer, Jonas Agwu, said “As contained in the Operation Order, the objectives of the special operations are reduction in Road Traffic Crashes, Road Traffic Fatalities and Road Traffic Injuries; prompt response to road traffic crash victims; unhindered engagement in purposeful public education and speedy removal of obstructions from the highways, amongst others.”

He assured members of the public that in achieving the objectives of the special operations, the Corps would combine the engagement of the motoring public through purposeful and impactful public education programmes, strengthening of surveillance activities to regulate unprofessional excesses, sustained effective patrol operations as well as adequate monitoring on the highways.

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