The Federal Government on Friday inaugurated the organizing committee for the January 1, 2014 grand finale of the Nigeria Centenary Celebrations with the FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed as the chairman.
Other members of the committee include the Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation; Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development; Minister of Labour and Productivity; Minister of Communication Technology; Minister of Sports; Minister of State, Works; Minister of State (1) for Foreign Affairs and the Director, General Services in the Office of Secretary of the Federation.
The nine-member committee has among its terms of reference the organization and articulating of activities for the grand finale of the Centenary Celebrations on January 1, 2014, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nigeria via the amalgamation of Northern and Southern Protectorates.
Performing the inauguration on behalf of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, outlined the other terms of reference of the committee as the sensitization of the general public and creation of awareness on the significance of the celebration; liaison with ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government for cooperation especially in the areas of logistics, security and participation; and identification of suitable personalities to be invited to the historic event.
The SGF told the committee members that the Federal Government considers the centenary as a unique opportunity for Nigerians as a people to re-inspire the unity of the country. He added that Mr. President was looking forward to a grand finale of the centenary celebration that would not only be memorable but also serve as “a testimony to our renewed commitment to live together in peace and harmony while collectively working together for the uplifting and development of Nigeria”.
Responding on behalf of the members, the Chairman of the committee, FCT Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed assured that the national assignment given to them would be carried out with utmost diligence, high sense of responsibility and to the glory of the Nigerian nation.
Mohammed said that the Centenary Day celebration offers Nigerians an auspicious opportunity to reaffirm the obvious truth that Nigeria is not a historical accident, but rather a product of thoughtful consideration by the colonialists and our revered past political heroes.
He stressed that Nigeria’s greatness lies not so much in her oil or natural and mineral resources, but in the Nigerian people, home and abroad, who have continued to shape the world positively.
The FCT Minister also pointed out that Nigeria’s large population of over 160 million people represents a major national endowment worthy of celebration while the country’s capacity and global intellectual exploits to make the best out of our natural endowments is worth celebrating.