Senate Passes Bill To Make June 12 Democracy Day

Nigerian Senate
Nigerian Senate
The Nigerian Senate, Thursday, passed the Public Holiday Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 (HBs 918 & and 1529) to make June 12 Democracy Day in the country.
President Muhammadu Buhari had last year immortalised Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the Nigeria’s presidential election held on June 12, 1993.
At present, Nigeria’s Democracy Day observed since 1999 is marked May 29 of every year.
Already, the House of Representatives has concurred with the Senate to amend the Public Holiday Act (Amendment) Bill, 2019 to make June 12 Democracy Day.
Also, the Presidency, through Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the minister of Information and National Orientation, had said that President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari will take his second term oath of office on May 29, 2019 under low key, adding that the celebration will take place on June 12, 2019.
Once signed into law by President Buhari, June 12 will now become Nigeria’s democracy day  and will be observed as public holiday.
The other five bills the Senate concurred with the House of Representatives include: the Federal Capital Territory Area Councils Service Commission (Est, etc) Bill, 2019 (HB. 975), Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency (Eat, etc) bill, 2019 (HB 1363), Projects Development Agency PRODA (Est.etc) Bill, 2019 (HB 1542), Good Samaritan’s Bill, 2019 (HB.171) and Data Protection Bill, 19 (HB.)

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