Thursday, June 24, 2021

Finally, Reps approve ‘June 12’ as new Democracy Day


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June 12 will now be officially recognised as Nigeria’s new Democracy Day as approved by the House of Representatives.

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Until now, May 29 has remained Democracy Day since 1999.

During plenary on Thursday, Lawmakers in the Green chamber had their way.

Their decision followed the adoption of a report on a bill seeking to amend the Public Holidays Act 2004.

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The Reps members approved the amendments to three clauses ‎in the Act, as recommended in the report.

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One of the clauses deleted May 29 as Democracy Day and replaced the date with June 12.

The amendment has put an end to age-long dispute that June 12 should be made Democracy Day.

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