The Federal government is to commerce the celebration of June 12 as Democracy Day from this year.
The minister of Information and Culture and Publicity Sub-committee of the Inauguration, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made this known during the World Press Conference on Monday at National Press Centre, Abuja.
The minister explained that June 12 would now be Democracy Day, while the inauguration and the advancement of democracy in the country will now take place on June 12.
Alhaji Mohammed said Federal Executive Council decided during its meeting on Wednesday May 8th 2019, to have a low-key presidential inauguration on May 29th, and the celebration that comes with it to the June 12 Democracy Day.
“The first observance of June 12 as Democracy Day falls in an election year, and as a measure to sustain June 12 as Democracy Day, the celebration of the inauguration and the advancement of democracy in the country will now take place on June 12.” The minister stated.
On Tuesday, May 21st, will be the commencement of a three-day National Youth Entrepreneurship Empowerment Summit at the International Conference Centre (ICC) here in Abuja.
The minister also explained that the Federal Executive Council Valedictory Session will be held at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja, on Wednesday, May 22nd; a Special Jumat Lecture and prayer will be held on Friday May 24th at the National Mosque, the First Lady’s interaction with women is slated for the Old Chamber at the State House on Saturday May 25th while a special Interdenominational Church Service is slated for Sunday May 26th at the National Christian Centre.
Also, On Monday, May 27th, the President will give Children’s Day broadcast, to be followed later in the day by a Children’s Variety Party.
The swearing-in of the President and the Vice President is slated for Wednesday, May 29th at the Eagle Square, to be followed by a Banquet at the State House in the evening of the same day.
On Democracy Day, the minister said activities on June 12 as Democracy Day will kick off on Friday, June 7th with a Historical Exhibition in Arts, Pictures and Immersive Environment and run through June 12th.
The event is slated to hold at the International Conference Centre, ICC and will be followed on Sunday, June 9th by a Youth Concert, Creative Industry and Entertainment Night also at the ICC.
On Monday, June 10th, there will be a Secondary Schools Exhibition/Panel Discussion at the ICC, and Tuesday, June 11th will feature three events: the PMB Oratorical Contest at the ICC, an Anti-corruption Summit at the Transcorp Hilton and and a First Lady’s inauguration Programme in Yola, Adamawa.
On Wednesday, June 12th, there will be a parade at the Eagle Square, while the Democracy Day programme will wrap up with a Dinner and Gala Night at the State House Conference Centre, Abuja.
The Secretary to the government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha was represented by his permanent secretary, Mr Gabriel Aduda at the conference.
The Conference was attended by the Minister of Defence, Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Permanent secretary, State House, Mr Jalal Arabi.