President Muhammadu Buhari has approved N70 million for the celebrations of the country’s 55th independent anniversary on the 1st of October, 2015. The Permanent Secretary (Political) in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (OSGF), Ibukun Odusote told newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday that President Buhari would have preferred the money to go for the payment of workers’ salaries. According to him, the President had maintained that the money was too much to be spent on frivolities such as celebrations when Nigerians are grappling to survive the present day economic stress.
He also said only four events have been approved by the President for the entire celebration process; Jumat prayers, international thanksgiving service, ceremonial change of guards and a children’s party. He added that the President will also address the country on that day.