Plateau declares today work-free day to celebrate Forgiveness Day

Plateau has declared Tuesday work-free day to mark its 2023 Forgiveness Day.

Commissioner for Information and Communication, Mr Dan Manjang, made the announcement in a statement he issued in Jos on Monday.

He stated that Gov. Simon Lalong gave approval for the holiday to enable the people of the state to celebrate the day.

The state held an interdenominational service at St. Monica Catholic Church, Jos, on Sunday to mark the Plateau Forgiveness Day.

The celebration, held annually on Feb. 7, was conceived as part of efforts to continue the restoration of peace on the Plateau.

It was also conceived to remind the younger generation that the state is home of peace, hospitality and tourism.

The Day of Forgiveness, unveiled and launched by President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018 is held to strengthen the peace processes in the state.

It aims at coordinating and implementing efforts to remove toxic narratives, crisis merchandising, violence and tackling root causes of disharmony and intolerance on the Plateau.

β€œIn this light, therefore, citizens of Plateau are called upon to turn out en-masse on Tuesday, Feb. 7 to participate in this epoch-making event,’’ Manjang stated.