The Federal Government has announced that government offices and schools in Abuja, the Federal Capital should close down during the duration of the World Economic Forum on Africa slated to hold in Nigeria between May 7 and May 9.
The order for the closure was contained in a statement by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim. The SGF however stated that the directive became necessary to ensure free flow of traffic in the city centre.
The statement reads inter alia:
“This is to inform the general public that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, GCFR, has approved, as part of arrangements for the successful hosting of the World Economic Forum Africa, that all Government Offices and Schools in the Federal Capital Territory, expect those on essential services, are to be closed from Wednesday, 7th to Friday, 9th May, 2014. Private Organisations with large number of staff may also wish to close down.”
The directive has however started generating reactions. While the opposition believes the Government is incapable of running its normal activities along with the hosting of the WEF, it is believed in some quarters that the closure of offices and schools might be as a result of concerns for security.