The federal government says it will henceforth, sanction organisations, institutions or affiliations, who deny its workforce the right to observe public holidays as provided in the Act.
Minister of Interior, Lt Gen Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau (rtd) sounded the warning yesterday in Abuja where he also proved 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.”
The minister, in a statement signed by the ministry’s director press, Mohammed Manga, advised Nigerians to ensure the strict observance of all public holidays according to the provision of the law.
The statement also urged all Nigerians, irrespective of their organisations, institutions or affiliations, to ensure maximum obedience and observance of all holidays declared by government.
The minister said the Act explains that, “no person shall be compelled 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 compelled to do on a Sunday.”
The minister warned that government would not hesitate to sanction any organisation, institution or affiliation that deny Nigerians the right to observe their holidays as provided in the Act by an appropriate authority.