The Federal Government (FG) has disclosed its plans for a subdued celebration of Nigeria’s 63rd independence anniversary, scheduled for October 1, 2023. During a press conference in Abuja, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), George Akume, revealed that the FG will not be inviting any world leaders for the event, aligning with its decision to keep the celebration low-key.
In line with the decision to not invite world leaders, Akume highlighted that during the president’s inauguration, 53 world leaders were invited, but this year’s independence anniversary will not extend such invitations. The theme for the 63rd anniversary celebration is “Nigeria @ 63: Renewed Hope for Unity & Prosperity.”
The SGF acknowledged that the 63rd independence anniversary celebration is significant, given Nigeria’s unbroken democratic record since 1999 and the seamless, peaceful presidential transition between governments. He praised Nigerians for embracing democracy as the best form of governance, emphasizing that it allows citizens to actively participate in the country’s affairs.
Akume acknowledged the economic challenges Nigerians have faced, especially since the removal of the fuel subsidy and the impact of the global economic downturn. He assured that the government is working diligently to provide palliatives to mitigate these challenges, including the provision of buses to ease transportation difficulties.
Furthermore, the government is engaging with labour unions to address concerns related to the welfare of Nigerian workers. The FG’s “Renewed Hope Agenda” is designed to enhance food security, eradicate poverty, improve security, foster economic growth, create jobs, ensure access to capital, uphold the rule of law, and combat corruption.
The upcoming celebration includes several events such as an anniversary symposium/public lecture, lectures, prayers, and a military parade, which will collectively mark Nigeria’s 63rd independence anniversary.
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