Comply with public holidays or face sanctions – FG warns organisations

The Federal Government on Friday, says it will henceforth not hesitate to sanction any Organisation, Institution or affiliation that denies Nigerians the right to observe their holidays as provided in the Act by an “appropriate authority,” Daily Trust reports.

As contained in a statement by the Minister of Interior, Lt Gen. (rtd) Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, the Federal government stated that the laws establishing public holidays are contained in the Public Holidays Act of 1979, which states that, “The days mentioned in the Schedule to this Act shall be kept as public holidays throughout Nigeria.”

He therefore urged all Nigerians irrespective of their Organisations, Institutions or affiliations to ensure they obey and observe all holidays declared by Government, adding that according to the Act, “no person shall be compellable to do any act on a day appointed by or under the provisions of this Act to be kept as a public holiday which he would not be compellable to do on a Sunday.”

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