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Public Holidays 2017

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In the nation of Nigeria, public holidays have the same status for workers as the weekly Sunday day-off. Employers may generally not compel work on Sundays or public holidays in Nigeria. The law that establishes public holidays in Nigeria is the Public Holiday Act. The Public Holiday Act creates public holidays for the entire Nation of Nigeria. The holidays are of three types: Christian holidays such as Christmas, Muslim Holidays such as the Birth of the Prophet Muhammad, and general holidays such as Labour Day.

The Public Holiday Act was enacted on 1st January 1979. It abolished previous public holidays and set the process for making public holidays for the nation, states, and local areas. The President has the power to declare holidays for the entire nation or any state or part of the country. Governors have the power to declare public holidays in their states or for any part of their states. The Minister for Internal Affairs has powers to change designated holiday dates when he or she determines it necessary or appropriate.

Holidays and Weekends

When holidays fall on Friday through Monday, the public holiday act has special rules. The items following describe the changes.

  • Religious groups can celebrate the traditional festival on the traditional dates. They have a right to time off when the official holiday falls on a different date.
  • When holidays fall on consecutive Friday and Saturday, only the Friday shall be deemed a public holiday.
  • If any holiday falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then only that Saturday or Sunday shall be a public holiday.
  • If two consecutive holidays fall on Saturday and Sunday, then only that Saturday and Sunday shall be public holidays.
  • If two consecutive holidays fall on Sunday and Monday, then only the Monday date shall be a public holiday.

Nigerian workers have a right to a day of rest on Sundays, and no work on public holidays. Employers and employees must negotiate and agree on pay for holidays and Sundays. This agreement can be in a labour contract, Union agreement, or public employee contract.

Ministers and Agency Heads can order public employees to perform duties on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. They can do so when deemed necessary or in the public interest.

Labour Practices

The widely accepted work week in Nigeria is a forty hour work week, which runs from Monday through Friday. Saturday and Sunday are weekend days. Sunday is the accepted day of rest. In Nigeria, the accepted method for making the terms of labour is a work contract. The contracts cover wages, work schedule, and days off. Under Nigerian Labour law, the rules require the terms to be stated in written contracts.

Employers and employees can agree for work on Sundays and public holidays. The section 13(7) of the Labour Law provides for one day of rest in each seven days. When employees work on public holidays or the day of rest, employers must provide other time off or overtime pay.

Public Holidays 2017

DateDayHoliday
1 JanSunNew Year's Day
2 JanMonNew Year Holiday
14 AprFriGood Friday
17 AprMonEaster Monday
1 MayMonLabour Day
29 MayMonDemocracy Day
25 JunSunId el Fitri
(End of Ramadan) *
26 JunMonId el Fitri Holiday *
1 SepFriId el Kabir *
2 SepSatId el Kabir Holiday *
1 OctSunNational Day
2 OctMonNational Day Holiday
30 NovThuId el Maulud
(The Prophet's Birthday) *
25 DecMonChristmas Day
26 DecTueBoxing Day

* Subject to changes.