FG Declares Friday, Monday, Public Holidays


The Federal Government has declared Friday, April 19 and Monday, April 22, Public Holidays to mark the 2019 Easter celebration.

Mrs Georgina Ehuriah, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior, announced the holiday in a statement, quoting the minister on Wednesday in Abuja.

The Minister of Interior, Lt.- Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau(Rtd), who made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, enjoined all Christians to emulate the exemplary attributes of Jesus Christ amongst which are tolerance, love and peaceful co-existence.

He urged all Nigerians home and abroad to use the occasion to pray for the peace, unity and progress of our great country, irrespective of diversity in religious beliefs.

Dambazau wished all Nigerians a happy and peaceful Easter celebration.

He further called on them to support the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari in its determination to take the country to the next level.BREAKING: SENATE PASSES NATIONAL HEALTH INSURANCE BILL, 2019

The Senate has passed the National Health Insurance Bill, 2019.

The bill was passed on Wednesday during the Plenary.

Titled, National Health Insurance Act, 2003 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2019, it was named Senate Bill 278.

Earlier in the day, chairman, Senate Committee on Health, Senator Lanre Tejuoso (PDP- Ogun Central), had presented the report of the committee.

Senator Philip Gyunka (PDP- Nasarawa North) seconded the motion asking that the Senate consider the report of the Committee on Health on the National Health Insurance Act, 2003 (Repeal and Re-enactment) Bill 2019 (SB. 278).

The Senate thereafter dissolved into the Committee of the Whole for the clause-by-clause consideration of the bill.

It was the read for the third time and the Senate passed it.

Reacting to the bill’s passage, Senate President Bukola Saraki said, “I think it is the best gift we can give to all Nigerians to ensure that they have basic healthcare for everyone.”

Saraki congratulated the chairman of Senate Health Committee, Senator Lanre Tejuoso; and all those who worked on this bill, adding, “it is a massive achievement towards achieving universal coverage in the country.”

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