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Nigerian New Year 2016 Public Holiday

Source: Official Gazette of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (Abuja)
Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015


The Federal Government of Nigeria, through the Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, in a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Interior of Nigeria, Bassey Akpanyung, announced that it had declared Friday, January 1, 2016, as a non-working public holiday in Nigeria to mark the "New Year Celebration".

Such announcements of year-end non-working public holidays in Nigeria are relatively common (2014-12-19, 2013-12-20, 2012-12-17, 2011-12-21, 2010-12-17, and 2009-12-22), but they are usually made all at once, while for the end of 2015, there have been, counting today's aforementioned announcement that Friday, January 1, 2016, as a non-working public holiday in Nigeria to mark the "New Year Celebration", 3 separate announcements of year-end non-working public holidays in Nigeria.

A couple of weeks ago (2015-12-17), the Ministry of Interior of the Federal Government of Nigeria had announced that the Nigerian Government had declared 3, year-end, non-working public holidays in Nigeria for the end of the year 2015 and the beginning of the calendar year 2016, namely Friday and Saturday, December 25 and 26, 2015, had been declared as non-working public holidays throughout Nigeria "to mark Christmas and Boxing Day Celebrations" while Friday, January 1, 2016, was declared a non-working public holiday throughout Nigeria "to mark the New Year".

A week later (2015-12-22), the Minister of Interior, Retired Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, announced that the Nigerian Government had declared 2 more year-end 2015 non-working public holidays in Nigeria for the end of the year 2015; a second non-working public holiday in Nigeria to mark the second occurrence of the Prophet's Birthday Nigerian public holiday in 2015 (2014-12-30), on December 24, 2015, as well as a non-working public holiday in Nigeria on Monday, December 28, 2015, to compensate the annual December 26 public holiday falling on a Saturday in 2015, as was done on some previous occasions (2009-12-22).



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