Independence: FG to shut secretariat Thursday over security

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The Federal Government will from Thursday afternoon shut down some sections of the Federal Secretariat Complex in Abuja as part of efforts to ensure a hitch-free 61st independence celebration on Friday.

The complex is located close to the Eagles Square in the Three Arms Zone, while the square will be hosting the grand finale of the independence programme on Friday.

President Muhammadu Buhari, is expected to lead top government officials and friends of the country to the event.

It was learnt that the plan to shut down the complex consisting of high-rise building overlooking the square, was for security purposes.

The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, disclosed the government’s decision in a circular titled, ‘Closure of Federal Secretariat Phases 1-3 on Thursday, September 30, 2021 by 2 pm.’

The circular was reportedly signed by the Permanent Secretary, Service Welfare Office of the OHCSF, Dr Ngozi Onwudiwe, and was addressed to all ministers, heads of agencies, chairmen of commissions, permanent secretaries and others.

It was also gathered that major roads leading to the square will be closed to traffic on Thursday evening to enable security agencies to “sweep” the venue ahead of the programme.

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