FEC Approves N14.88bn For Construction Of FIRS Office

Osinbajo presides over FEC meeting

 

The Federal Executive Council has approved a contract for the construction of a new office block and parking lot worth over N14.88 billion for the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS).

The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clement Agba, disclosed this on Wednesday after the Council meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the State House.

Ogba told State House Correspondents that the Construction of the 12 storey building would save FIRS N4 billion annual rent and decongest traffic along Awolowo Road.

The Council also approved the creation of a database of the National Capital Projects Information System of Government, to track the growing abandoned and uncompleted projects across the country, particularly in the last five years, which drains national funds.

The National Capital Projects and Information System, which involves key infrastructure ministries, is to be headed by the Finance Minister to prioritize and fund selected projects on a yearly basis and possibly privatize some of the projects, repurposed some for alternative use, and completely abandon others (depending on the outcome of investigations) treating them as a sunk cost.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Agriculture, Mohammad Abubakar, has stated that the government is working to decrease the inflation rate, primarily through subsidizing fertilizer, improving production, and preventing smuggling among other strategies.

He again debunked claims that the nation would experience a food shortage in 2023.

FCT Security: FG Approves N2.6b For Purchase Of Vehicles, Equipment

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the procurement of utility vehicles, security gadgets, and accessories to support security agencies operating within the FCT at the sum of N1.835 billion.

Giving details of the purchase after the FEC meeting on Wednesday, the Minister of the FCT, Mohammed Bello, disclosed that 60 utility vehicles with communication gadgets will be bought at that amount and delivered within two months.

Additionally, the FCT minister noted that the Council approved the supply of various security gadgets and accessories to support security agencies in the nation’s capital at a total sum of N847.1 million.

The two procurements amount to N2.68 billion.

READ ALSO: FG Confirms Purchase of N1.4 billion Worth Of Vehicles For Niger Republic

A file photo used to illustrate the story.

 

In the same vein, the Council also confirmed the purchase of vehicles worth N1.4 billion for the Niger Republic.

Finance, Budget, and National Planning Minister, Zainab Ahmed, told the press that President Muhammadu Buhari approved the purchase which is part of efforts to help the Niger Republic boost its fight against insecurity.

She explained that the President, whose actions she cannot question, has the right to make his own assessment of situations and give directives accordingly.

According to her, the financial support, primarily for the purpose of enhancing capacity to protect their territory, is based on a request by the Nigerien Government and is also in the best interest of the country.

Her comment came hours after independent journalist, David Hundeyin, posted the photo of a budget office document detailing the payment, questioning why the government’s move.

The confirmation from the Federal Government has, however, triggered a wave of condemnation from Nigerians with many faulting the move.

FG Confirms Purchase of N1.4 billion Worth Of Vehicles For Niger Republic

 

The Federal Government has confirmed that it approved the purchase of vehicles worth N1.4 billion for neighboring Niger Republic to tackle insecurity.

The Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed gave the confirmation on Wednesday, explaining that providing intervention to the neighboring Niger Republic is not new and it is the prerogative of President Muhammadu Buhari who approved the purchase.

According to her, President Buhari, whose actions she cannot question, has the right to make his own assessment of situations and give directives accordingly.

 

She added that the financial support, which is primarily for the purpose of enhancing capacity to protect their territory, based on a request by the Nigerien Government, is also in the best interest of the country.

The minister, who was speaking after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by the President, responded to questions regarding documents released on social media which showed that the president approved the release of the funds on February 22, 2022, for the Niger Republic.

Independent journalist David Hundeyin on Tuesday had posted the photo of a budget office document showing the payment, questioning why the government made the payment.

He asked President Muhammadu Buhari to explain why “scarce” public sector resources were being expended on Niger Republic without it appearing “on official Budget Office documentation.”

The document generated reactions from many Nigerians online.

Buhari Swears In Three New Permanent Secretaries

President Muhammadu Buhari administers the oath of allegiance to three new Permanent Secretaries of the Federal Civil Service in Abuja on August 3, 2022. Credit: State House

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has administered the oath of allegiance and the oath of office to three new permanent secretaries of the Federal Civil Service.

The President performed the ceremony on Wednesday at the Council Chambers, just before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.

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The new permanent secretaries are Lydia Shehu Jafiya from Adamawa State; Udom Okokon Ekenam from Akwa Ibom State; and Farouk Yusuf Yabo from Sokoto state.

In attendance at the meeting are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; Head of the Federal Civil Service, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan; and the National Security Council (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (Rtd).

Also in attendance are the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Information and Culture Minister, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and that of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Musa Bello.

Others are the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; Communication and Digital Economy, Professor Ali Pantami; Power, Abubakar Aliyu; Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; and that of Human Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Hajiya Sadiya Umar Farouq.

Buhari Reshuffles Cabinet, Swears In Seven New Ministers

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari presiding over the weekly FEC meeting in Abuja.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday reshuffled his cabinet, seven months before the 2023 presidential election in the country.

The President also administered an oath of office to seven newly appointed ministers recently confirmed by the Senate.

The new ministers took the oath of office shortly before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council Meeting at the Council Chamber.

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He urged the new ministerial appointees to consider their emergence as a call to duty that demands diligent service to the nation.

Those sworn in are Henry Ikoh (Abia), Umana Okon Umana (Akwa-Ibom), Udi Odum (Rivers), Ademola Adegoroye (Ondo), Umar Ibrahim El-Yakub (Kano), Goodluck Nana Opiah (Imo) and Ekumankama Nkama (Ebonyi).

The new ministers replace those who resigned their appointments to contest for various elective offices during the 2023 general elections in April.

Before the council meeting, a minute of silence was observed in honour of the outgoing Secretary-General of OPEC Mohammed Barkindo who died on Tuesday evening, hours after meeting with Buhari.

Meanwhile, physically in attendance is the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

Also physically attending the meeting are Ministers of Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite; Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva.

The Head service of the Federation Folashade Yemi Esan and other Ministers are attending virtually from their various offices in Abuja.

Osinbajo Presides Over FEC In Buhari’s Absence

Osinbajo presides over FEC meeting

 

Vice President Professor Yemi Osinbajo has presided over the Federal Executive Council meeting at the council chambers of the statehouse in Abuja.

Professor Osinbajo is presiding over the weekly in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting started at 10 am with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation Boss Mustapha, the chief of staff to the President professor Ibrahim Gambari, the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu,  Minister Mohammed Bello, The Minister of Finance Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Health Dr Osagie Ehanire.

Others are the Minister of Labour Chris Ngige, Minister of State for Labour Festus Keyamo, Minister of State for Health Dr Olorunimbe Mamora, Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Sadiya Farouq, Minister of Police Affairs Maigari Dingyadi, Minister of Water Resources Suleiman Adamu, Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Talen, Minister of Power Abubakar Aliyu, Minister of State for Petroleum Timipre Sylva, Minister of State Work and Housing Muazu Sambo.

Other ministers are attending the meeting virtually.

UPDATED: Buhari Meets With Outgoing Ministers, Thanks Them For Their Service

President Muhammadu Buhari (M) flanked by outgoing Niger Delta Minister, Sen Godswill Akapbio, outgoing Minister of Transportation, Rt Hon Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federal, Abubakar Malami (SAN); Minister of State Mines and Steels, Hon Uche Ogah; Minister of Labour and Employment, Sen Christ Ngige and Minister of State Petroleum, Timiprey Sylva; Minister of Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu; Minister of Women Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, and Minister of State Niger Delta, Tayo Alasoadua. With them is SGF Mr. Boss Mustapha and Chief of Staff Prof Ibrahim Gambari during a meeting with the outgoing ministers of the Federal Executive Council at the Council Chambers, State House. PHOTO; SUNDAY AGHAEZE. MAY 13TH 2022

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with ministers who are seeking elective offices in 2023 and thanked them for their services to the nation. 

In a valedictory session at the Council Chamber in Abuja on Friday, Buhari appreciated them for their cooperation. He also admonished other members of the cabinet to be more diligent and committed to the success of the administration.

On whether former President Goodluck Jonathan has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC), he stated that the party is in the best position to know.

During a briefing after the session with the outgoing ministers, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed that ten of them were leaving.

According to him, some of the ministers have tendered their resignation while the others are in the process of doing so.

READ ALSOBuhari Orders FEC Members With Political Ambitions To Resign

 

Those who were at the meeting include the Minister of State for Mines and Steel Uche Ogar; Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Women Affairs Pauline Tallen.

Others are the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Goodwill Akpabio; Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami and the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation,  Ogbonnaya Onu.

 

Nine were physically present while the former Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, who is the tenth, was absent.

The meeting follows the President’s recent directive to all ministers and political appointees contesting for various elective positions to resign from their appointments on or before Monday, May 16, 2022.

2023 Elections: Nine Ministers Affected By Buhari’s Resignation Order

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday ordered all members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) running for elective offices to submit their letters of resignation.

This, the president did, in trying to ensure that members of his cabinet abide by the tenets of the constitution.

According to Section 84(12) of Nigeria’s Electoral Act 2022, no political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the Convention or Congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.

Bearing this in mind, President Buhari directed that FEC members with political ambitions must submit their resignation letters on or before Monday the 16th of May, 2022.

READ ALSO: Buhari Orders FEC Members With Political Ambitions To Resign

Based on their political declarations, here are those who are directly affected by the president’s latest directive:

1. Abubakar Malami (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of the Federation)

Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made an appearance on Channels Television on June 30, 2020.
File photo: Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, made an appearance on Channels Television on June 30, 2020.

The powerful AGF recently declared for the Kebbi governorship seat. However, if this ambition is to come to fruition, then he will have to swiftly see to the legal nullification of the clause in Section 84 (12) or otherwise tender his resignation.

2. Rotimi Amaechi (Minister of Transportation)

A file photo of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, during an interview on a Channels Television programme.

 

Amaechi in April announced his interest to contest the presidential election in 2023.

While addressing a crowd of supporters and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at an event in Port Harcourt, the minister in a speech titled ‘Forward with Courage’, said his 23 years of service in various capacities have equipped him with great experience in governance and public service.

“After more than two decades in the public arena, I had wanted to go on a holiday and spend more time with my family before charting a new course outside politics, but at 56 … I am compelled by the urgency of our present challenges to place my experience and proven capacity at the service of the nation at the highest level,” Amaechi said.

Now with his principal’s new instruction, the minister will either tender a resignation letter with courage or join the fight to rewrite the constitution.


3. Godswill Akpabio (Minister of Niger Delta Affairs)

In this file photo, the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Godswill Akpabio, speaks during an interview on Politics Today on May 5, 2022.

 

Akpabio,  who was a former governor of Akwa Ibom State, told a large crowd at the Ikot Ekpene Township Stadium that his declaration is uncommon and a trumpet call for unity and action.

He further promised that he will not let Nigeria “sink”. So, it is expected that Akpabio will not allow his presidential ambition to plummet, but the question remains what option will he opt for?


4. Chris Ngige (Minister of Labour and Employment)

File photo of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige

 

Dr Ngige has had different battles as a minister, having to deal with industrial actions from various quarters. However, these challenges have not deterred him from seeking to become President.

Ngige says he has a burning desire to see a prosperous, united, and equitable Nigeria. Let’s see how intense his aspirations are and if he will be willing to resign and follow the path of his heart.


5. Ogbonnaya Onu (Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation)

FG To Set Up Science Centres In Six Geopolitical Zones
File photo of Science and Technology Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu.

 

It is not unusual that Dr Onu seeks to become President of Nigeria, after all, there are indications that in 2023, the seat might be zoned to the South.

The minister while declaring his intention a few days ago, said Nigerians have the key to unlocking the prosperity of the nation.

For him, this key is a knowledge economy driven by science, technology, and innovation.

With the little clause set by President Buhari, it will be interesting to see what the highly knowledgeable minister will do, and how much he is willing to sacrifice to become Nigeria’s “Chief Servant”.


6. Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba (Minister of State for Education)

In this file photo, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, was presented with the APC nomination and expression of interest forms of the APC in Abuja on April 27, 2022.

 

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are on strike and Nigerian students are home, their educational future put on hold, but that’s another kettle of fish.

Perhaps this is why Hon Nwajiuba is seeking to become president; who knows the answer to transforming Nigeria’s education sector might come from him when he gets to Aso Rock.

He seems very ready for the task ahead as he became the first minister to resign.


7. Uche Ogar (Minister of State Mines and Steel)

A file of Uche Ogar. Twitter/The_Jonathanian

 

For Ogar, the goal is to become the next governor of Abia State. It’s an ambition that the oil magnate has been chasing for quite a while now.
He has contested for the seat twice, first under the Peoples Democratic Party and the ruling All Progressive Congress.

Ogar will be hoping that the third time will be the charm but that’s only if he is able to scale the little hurdle that Buhari’s new directive poses. Nigerians will be watching to see if this minister is truly made of ‘steel’.


8. Pauline Tallen (Minister of Women Affairs)

The Minister of Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen.

 

Mrs Tallen has her eyes on a clime outside the executive pedestal. She is gunning for a Senatorial seat in Plateau State, the South precisely.

Reports suggest that the incumbent Senator, Prof. Nora Dadu’ut, might not be running for the position come 2023, hence, paving the way for the minister to throw her hat into the ring.

Like others before her, there is an opportunity cost. In her case, many would believe that forgone cost will be worth it in the end.

Time will tell what actions will follow, now that the president has made his stance clear on the matter of being in his cabinet and nursing a political ambition come 2023.


Timipre Sylva Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba (Minister of State for Education)

A file photo of the Minister of State for Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

 

Mr Sylva is one of the nine cabinet members affected by the President’s directive to resign if they must pursue their various political ambitions.

The minister from the south-south region now has until Monday, May 16 to take a decision on whether to pull out of the race for the presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress (APC) or jettison his ministerial appointment.

Buhari Presides Over FEC Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the Federal Executive Council meeting.

 

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over weekly Federal Executive Council meetings at the State House.

Physically in attendance are the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha; Head of the Service of the Federation (HOCSF), Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno (rtd).

Other Ministers who are also in attendance include the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami, Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Water Resources Suleiman Adamu, Science and Technology Ogbonnaya Onu, Police Affairs, Dr. Muhammad Dingyadi, Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Sports and Youth Development, Sunday Dare.

 

The Ministers of State, Mines, and Steel, Uche Ogar; that of Power, Jedy Agba as well as Works and Housing, Mu’Azu Sambo are also physically attending the council chamber.

Others are participating virtually from their respective offices in Abuja

FEC Approves Engagement Of Transaction Advisors For Ajaokuta Steel Company Concessioning

A file photo of the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed.

 

The Federal Executive Council has approved the engagement of transaction advisors for consultancy services for the concession of Ajaokuta Steel Company Limited as well as the National Iron Ore Mining Complex in Itakpe in the sum of 853.26 million naira inclusive of 7.5per cent VAT.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on behalf of the Minister Of Mines and Steel disclosed this at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting chaired by the President Muhammadu Buhari.

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The information minister noted that the ongoing development is a significant move to resuscitating both the Ajaokuta steel company and the iron ore company in Itakpe.

He further maintained that the 24,000 hectare project when revived will not only advance industrial revolution in the country but will save foreign exchange, engender industrial development as well as technology transfer.

It will be recalled that President Buhari had embarked on a state visit to Russia on the 22nd and 24th October 2019, and resolved that the Ajaokuta steel complex which the Federal Government has made massive investments on, must be resuscitated.

FEC Meeting: Buhari Swears In Four Permanent Secretaries

The newly appointed Permanent Secretary; Mrs. Beatrice Ejodamen Jedy-Agaba, Dr (Mrs). Mary Ada Ogbe, Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Mrs Solashade Yemi-Esan, Mallam Shehu Ibrahim, and Ms. Kachollen Shangti Daju during their swearing-in as the President presides over the Virtual FEC Meeting at the State House, Abuja. PHOTO:  SUNDAY AGHAEZE.APRIL 27TH 2022

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday swore in four permanent secretaries.

The event happened during the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting held at the State House in Abuja.

The new permanent secretaries include Mrs Beatrice Jeddy-Agba, Kachollom Daju, Malla Shehu Ibrahim, Dr Mary Ogbe.`

Those physically present at the oath-taking were the President Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Doctor Folashade Yemi-Esan.

READ ALSOBuhari Receives Adesina In Abuja, Harps On Food Security

 

Also in attendance were the ministers of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Justice, Abubakar Malami; Agriculture, Mohammed Mahmood; Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite; Labor and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige; Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu and that of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, among others.

Other ministers attended virtually from their various offices in Abuja.

Shortly after the meeting commenced, the cabinet observed a minute silence for a former Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture; Aviation, Tonye Graham-Douglas, who died recently at the age of 82.

President Buhari Swears In ICPC, NPC Commissioners 

The new ICPC and NPC commissioners. [email protected]aad.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in commissioners for the National Population Commission and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission.

The swearing-in took place shortly before the commencement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House in Abuja on Wednesday.

The commissioners, who were confirmed by Senate last month are, Chief Benedict Ukpong Effiong (Akwa Ibom), Mrs. Gloria Fateya Izonfo (Bayelsa), Kupchi Patricia Ori Iyanya (Benue), Dr. Haliru Bala (Kebbi), and Dr. Eyitayo Oyekunle Oyetunji (Oyo) for the National Population Commission (NPC).

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Those for the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission are Assistant Inspector General of Police, Olugbenga Adeyanju (rtd) (Ekiti State), Senator Anthony Agbo (Ebonyi), Anne Otelafu Odey (Cross River), Alh. Goni Ali Gujba (Yobe), and Dr Louis Solomon Mandama (Adamawa).

Meanwhile, the President is chairing the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the council chambers of the Presidential Villa.

Physically present at the meeting are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno (rtd).

Some Ministers, who are physically attending the meeting, include the Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami; Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige; Agriculture, Mahmood Mohammed; Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi; Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu; Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu and the Minister of State for Health, Olorunimbe Mamora.

Other ministers and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, are participating virtually from their respective offices in Abuja.