THE Federal Government said that the recent declaration of June 12 as public holiday will only come into effect after the amendment of the Public Holidays Act.
The government also stated that the 2018 Appropriation Bill of N9.1 trillion will be assented to by President Muhammadu Buhari next week, saying the particular date this would happen will be made public.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, stated this while briefing State House correspondents after the Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting presided over by President Buhari at the Council Chamber, Presidential Villa, Abuja.
This is even as the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, said FEC approved N500 million as legal fee for lawyers involved in the recovery of N330 billion fine to MTN.
Malami also said the Federal and United States governments were having talks on the repatriation of $500 million, which was part of the stolen assets, adding that the US government has insisted that the Federal Government came up with the projects the money will be invested in.
The AGF also disclosed that the Public Holidays Act will soon be amended to accommodate the declaration of June 12 as public holiday.
On the National Merit Award Act and Nigerian National Honours Act, Malami said: “They are two distinct and different applicable laws as far as national honours awards are concerned. You have the National Merit Award on the strength of which we have the law of the governing board comes into effect and then as it relates to the National Honours Act, the board does not have any relevance in terms of processing of the honours.