January 7 has been declared a public holiday by the government.
A statement from the Interior Ministry under the signature of the sector minister, Ambrose Dery, has declared the day as a “Constitution Day” and directed that it be observed as a public holiday.
Government had laid a new bill before Parliament to amend the Public Holidays Act to include January 7 and August 4 as statutory public holidays.
The new bill which was laid by the Interior Minister, on Thursday, December 13 sought to make January 7 Constitution Day and August 4, Founders Day.
Despite that the bill is pending before parliament for consideration and approval, the Speaker of Parliament is quoted in a media interview as saying the government can always declare holidays ahead of the passage of bills.
“Government can always declare a holiday. We don’t need an act. Pending the formalisation of the process, it can in the interrim declare any day as a holiday. The Minster of Interior can even declare tomorrow a holiday”, Speaker Mike Oquaye told the Daily Graphice.
Below is the full statement from the ministry: