The Federal Government will shut down various areas of the Federal Secretariat Complex in Abuja beginning Thursday afternoon as part of efforts to ensure a smooth 61st-anniversary celebration on Friday.
The complex is located close to Eagles Square in the Three Arms Zone.
The square will be hosting the grand finale of the independence program on Friday.
The President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), is expected to lead top government officials and friends of the country to the event.
The plan to shut down the complex consisting of a high-rise building overlooking the square, it was learned, 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.’
A copy of the circular obtained by our correspondent was 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.
The circular reads partly, “As you are aware, the 61st independence anniversary of Nigeria is scheduled to hold on Friday, October 1, 2021, and activities have been lined up to mark the event at the Eagles Square same day.
“In line with security arrangements for the event, the Federal Secretariat complexes, Phases 1-3 will close for business with effect from 2pm on Thursday, September 30, 2021.
“Accordingly, all offices whose ministries, departments and agencies are located within these office complexes are expected to vacate the premises on or before 2pm on Thursday, September 30, 2021.”
It was further learnt 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.