The Federal Government (FG) has declared Friday, 22nd February, 2019, as a public holiday, in preparation for the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections.

This was made known by the Ministry of Interior Permanent Secretary, Barr. Georgina Ehuriah, on Wednesday night. However, bankers and those offering essential services across the nation were excluded.

The statement read thus: “The Federal Government declares 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 polling units for the reschedule Presidential & National Assembly elections.

“Security agencies have been directed to ensure safety of lives and property before, during and after the general election”.

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