The Federal Government has declared Friday, May 1, 2020, as a public holiday to mark this year’s International Workers’ Day celebration.
The Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, made the announcement in a statement issued by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Georgina Ehuriah, on Tuesday.
Aregbesola commended Nigerian workers for “their resilience, patience and understanding, particularly in their support at stemming the spread of COVID-19.”
He also thanked Nigerians and the labour force for their sacrifices in the present period of trial.
He assured workers that their commitment and patience would complement the efforts being made by the government and other stakeholders to ensure the speedy control of the virus.
“With the cooperation of every citizen, as well as strict adherence to the measures being put in place by relevant authorities, the challenges being faced by Nigerians as a result of the disease would soon be put behind.
“The economy of the country will rebound and be stronger after the COVID-19 experience, taking cognisance of the various economic stabilisation efforts by the Federal Government,” he added.
According to Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), 1532 confirmed cases of COVID-19 has been recorded in the country, 225 persons have been discharged while 44 deaths have been recorded.