Democracy Day: Govt Declare Monday, May 28 A Work-Free Day

BY AUSTINE ETAGHENE

AS Delta State prepares to join the rest of the nation to mark 13 years of unbroken democratic rule, Monday may 28, 2012, has been declared a work free day by the state government.

Information Commissioner,  Chike Ogeah, Esq, who announced at a post Exco press briefing in Asaba yesterday said the work free day would be observed by both the public and private sectors.

Giving insight into the Democracy day programme of activities, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Social Development, Chief (Mrs) Betty Efekoda, who was also the press briefing alongside her counterpart from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, said Sunday May 27, 2012 would be  observed as the annual children’s however said that this year’s edition will not involve the usual parade by school children, but would observed with a church service at the St. Peter’s Anglican Cathedral, Asaba.

She enjoined parents and guardians to join the children in celebrating their day in this unique way of giving thanks to God Almighty.

On his part, the Commerce and Industry Commissioner, Mr. Kingsley Eze-Emu, said Monday the  28th of May, 2012 would climax the Democracy Day celebration with lectures to be delivered by prominent intellectuals at the Event centre, Asaba.

Speakers which will include Finance Minister, Dr. (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and the Governor of the Central  Bank of Nigeria, Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, will deal largely on issue bordering on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).

Even as he said Aviation Minister, Princess Stella Oduah, will speak on the Asaba Air-port as a hub of driving the economy, the theme of the celebration, he added, is Micro small and medium enterprises as drivers of achieving the goals of Delta beyond oil.

Rounding off the briefing the special Adviser to the Governor on religious Affairs, Rev. Godspower Agbaduta, said the curtains on the celebration would be drawn on May 29, 2012 with an Inter Denominational Church Service at the First Baptist Church, Abraka.