OrderPaperToday – The Senate on Thursday passed the Public Holiday Act (Amendment) bill 2019.

The bill which seeks to declare June 12 as Democracy Day in Nigeria was first passed by the House of Representatives in December 2018, before it was transmitted to the Senate for concurrence.

The two chambers approved the amendments to three clauses ‎in the Act including the clause that specifies a date for Democracy Day which was amended from May 29 to June 12.

Following the passage of the bill by the Senate and subject to the assent of President Muhammadu Buhari, June 12 will now be celebrated annually as Democracy Day effectively replacing May 29.

It would be recalled that last year, President Muhammadu Buhari announced that the nation’s Democracy Day will, henceforth, be marked on June 12 in commemoration of the annulled June 12, 1993 elections adjudged by many as the freest and fairest polls in  the history of Nigeria.

The President also honoured the presumed winner of the elections, Moshood Abiola (late) and his running mate, Babagana Kingibe with the honour of Grand Commander of the Federal Republic (GCFR) and Grand Commander of the Niger (GCON) respectively.

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Damilola is a multiple award-winning Writer, Researcher, and Community/Sustainable Development Practitioner. His interests and experience span across media, academics, human capital development, and strategic planning. Damilola is the first Nigerian in history to win the blog4dev writing contest organised by the World Bank. Also, his writing on violent extremism and sustainable peace in Nigeria won a PeaceWriteNow prize, presented by the Embassy of Ireland in June, 2018. His works have been published in Nigeria and the United States of America, in English and in French. Damilola has also attended important meetings within and outside the African continent including the 2019 Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C, USA. He was also a special guest on a panel discussion titled “How creative industry can help to stem fragility,” which was held at the headquarters of the World Bank in Washington, D.C, USA. Furthermore, Damilola was selected as a Champion of Advocacy against extreme poverty and preventable diseases by ONE Campaign in May, 2019. An alumnus of the prestigious Lagos Business School and Federal University of Technology Akure, Damilola Adeniran represents Nigeria in the Youth Transforming Africa Program.

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