The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Friday, February 22, 2019, as a public holiday, in preparation for the February 23 presidential and national assembly elections.
In a statement Wednesday, the ministry of interior however excluded bankers and those offering essential services across the nation.
“Federal Government declares Friday 22, February 2019 as work-free day. Those providing essential duties and bankers are excluded.
“The work-free day is to enable citizens return to their poling 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.”
FG joins some states and businesses that had initially declared holiday for members of staff on February 15, ahead of the initial February 16 elections.
Major banks across the country issued statements of early closure on Friday, February 15 — closing their outlets earlier than usual.
Following the poll shift by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Nigerians will now vote on February 23, and March 9.