The Federal Government has introduced a 15-member Inter-Ministerial Task Force responsible for organising the upcoming 63rd Independence Day festivities in the country.
Senator George Akume, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, has been appointed as the chairman of this committee.
The committee includes prominent members such as the Minister of Information and Culture, Minister of Interior, Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of the FCT, National Security Adviser, Inspector-General of Police, Director-General of the Department of State Services, and the Commander of the Guards Brigade.
Additionally, it comprises Permanent Secretaries from various government offices, namely the General Services Office, Special Services Office, Ecological Project Office, Ministry of Health, and Political and Economic Affairs Office.
During the inauguration, Senator George Akume emphasised that the committee’s primary objective is to meticulously plan and execute all sanctioned activities for Nigeria’s 63rd Independence Day celebration, scheduled for October 1, 2023.
He highlighted the importance of this occasion in honoring the contributions and sacrifices made by national heroes and heroines in the struggle for Nigeria’s independence from colonial rule. Furthermore, he noted that the celebration serves as an opportunity for the government to showcase its achievements in addressing various social and economic challenges facing the nation.
Senator Akume also disclosed that the proposed activities for the celebration would undergo finalisation by the Inter-Ministerial Committee. Notably, the celebration’s program includes a presidential broadcast by President Bola Tinubu on October 1, along with other events like a World Press Briefing on September 25, a symposium/public lecture on September 28, a public lecture/Juma’at Service on September 29, a Church Service on October 1, and a Parade on October 2, 2023.