The Federal Government has declared tomorrow half working day for Nigerian workers inÂ commemoration of Nigeriaâ€™s 50th Independence Anniversary. Friday, 1 October is a publicÂ holiday.
This was announced at the Federal Executive Council meeting this morning by PresidentÂ Goodluck Jonathan who also ordered the Minister of Interior, Captain Iheanacho to make aÂ formal announcement of the holiday to Nigerians. This was one of the highlights ofÂ todayâ€™s FEC meeting which lasted only 48 minutes.
Also, specially redesigned N50 note and 22 carat non circulating coins to commemorateÂ Nigeriaâ€™s golden jubilee independence anniversary were launched during the briefÂ ceremony.
Lamido Sanusi, the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, who presented the notes andÂ the coins to President Jonathan for launching, said the redesigned N50 note willÂ circulate along the existing one.
The redesigned note has the anniversary logo, a strip of gold band and a varnishedÂ message that reads: 1960-2010, 50th Independence, which can be seen when the currency isÂ tilted.
Meanwhile, President Jonathan departed Abuja for Lagos to review the fleet of theÂ Nigerian Navy immediately after the FEC meeting which started promptly at 10am.
October 1, the date Nigeria got its independence from Britain, will be heralded withÂ fireworks, Yayale Ahmed, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF announced atÂ the FEC meeting this morning while outlining some of the programmes scheduled to markÂ Nigeriaâ€™s 50th independence anniversary.
The President will host a banquet for distinguished Nigerians in Abuja tomorrow where 50Â important personalities, including a number of deceased and living Nigeriaâ€™s foundingÂ fathers will be honoured with medal. The President is also scheduled to hold anotherÂ banquet in Lagos on 2 October.
The grand finale of the event will be the parade at Eagle Square on Friday which willÂ feature military parade, parade of Nigeriaâ€™s military hardware, callisthenic displays andÂ maneuvers by jets of the Air Force which will be flown direct into Abuja from Makurdi onÂ that day.
Meanwhile, the city of Abuja is already agog for the celebration of the independenceÂ anniversary as the roads are being decorated while rehearsals have continued at the EagleÂ Square for the Friday grand event.