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63rd Anniversary: Akume addresses progress, challenges

Senator George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has highlighted the importance of Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Anniversary, which is set to be celebrated on Sunday, October 1, 2023.

The SGF, at a press conference to herald the day, emphasised the nation’s unbroken democratic journey since 1999 and the seamless transition of power from one government to another, calling for celebration and expressing gratitude to both God and the Nigerian people for this achievement.

He praised the resilience of Nigerians, who he said have fully embraced democracy as the best form of governance despite political upheavals and coups in some parts of the ECOWAS sub-region.

He underscored the significance of democracy, which allows citizens to actively participate in the governance of their country through elective processes.

Sen. Akume emphasised the symbiotic relationship between the government and the people: “Citizens support the government, and in turn, the government provides security, protection, and enhances their interests.”

Sen. Akume acknowledged the economic challenges faced by Nigerians, particularly since the removal of the fuel subsidy and the impact of the global economic downturn, and gave assurances that the government was working to provide palliatives to mitigate these challenges.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation said the government, led by President Bola Tinubu, was focused on the “Renewed Hope Agenda.” “This agenda aims to enhance food security, eradicate poverty, improve security, stimulate economic growth and job creation, ensure access to capital, create a fair business environment, uphold the rule of law, and combat corruption.

To align with the economic realities, Sen. Akume explained that the 63rd Independence Anniversary celebrations would be low-key, as approved by the President.

The theme for this year’s anniversary is “Nigeria @63, Renewed Hope for Unity and Prosperity.”

Sen. Akume unveiled the programs scheduled to mark the anniversary:

  • World Press Conference on Monday, September 26th, 2023, at the National Press Centre, Radio House Abuja at 11:00 am.
  • Anniversary Symposium/Public Lecture on Thursday, September 28th, 2023, at the State House Conference Center at 10:00 am.
  • Lecture on Friday, September 29th, 2023, at the National Mosque Conference Center at 10:00 am, followed by Juma’at Prayer at the National Mosque at 1:00 pm.
  • Presidential Broadcast on Sunday, October 1st, 2023, at 7:00 a.m.
  • Inter-Denominational Church Service on Sunday, October 1st, 2023, at the National Christian Centre at 10:00 a.m.
  • Military Parade on Monday, October 2nd, 2023, at the Presidential Villa at 9:00 a.m.

Sen. Akume concluded by calling on media professionals and patriots to support the administration and establish a collaborative partnership to transform Nigeria into the nation of their dreams.

Writing by Saadatu Albashir; Editing by Daniel Adejo