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]

 

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).

READ ALSO: Soludo Swears In 20 Commissioners, Says Anambra People Expect Excellence

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.

FG Approves Procurement Of Lie Detectors, Night Vision Goggles For NDLEA

The Federal Government has approved the purchase of lie detectors and night vision Goggles for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

This was disclosed by the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.

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“Two memos were presented this afternoon by the federal ministry of justice on behalf of and at the instance of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),” the minister said.

“One was a memo seeking the approval of the council for the award of contract for the supply of eye-scanning lie detector.

“Our technology has improved to the extent that we have in place technological equipment that has the capacity to detect whether you are indeed speaking the truth or indeed you are lying in the course of investigation.

“So, for the purpose of enhancing the capacity of the NDLEA in exterminating illicit drug trafficking, sales, and consumption, the Federal Government has considered the need and possibility of indeed providing this equipment to NDLEA.

“So, the memo in that respect was presented, it was taken and the contract was approved for Messrs Zettabytes Technologies Limited to procure for the agency this lie detector equipment.

“On that account, the Federal Executive Council approved the award of contract for the supply of eye-scanning lie detector by the NDLEA in favour of Messrs Zettabytes Technologies Limited in the sum of N498,850,000 only, inclusive of 7.5% VAT with a completion period of 90 days.

“The second memo sought the approval of the council for the supply of digital night vision goggles. This is intended to support the night operations of NDLEA.”

He said: “The council graciously approved the award of the contract with the supply of digital night vision goggles in favour of Messrs R-SET Integrated Solution Limited in the sum of N570,825,000 only, inclusive of 7.5% value-added tax with a completion period of weeks.”

FEC Observes One Minute Silence For Abuja-Kaduna Train Victims

FEC Observes a minute silence of the Abuja-Kaduna attack victims

 

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday observed a minute silence for the victims of the Abuja-Kaduna train attack.

The meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari started at 10am with the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha calling for a minute silence.

He said the attack led to the death of eight persons and over 46 people were injured with many other kidnapped.

About 8 persons were killed and many injured and kidnapped in the attack

The incident happened around on Monday night at Dutse village in Chikun Local Government Area, just a few kilometres from the Rigasa train station, which is the last transit point of the train.

The bandits were said to have opened fire, shot sporadically on the train, and later gained access into the train.

President Muhammadu Buhari at FEC meeting

 

Those in attendance at the FEC meeting are the Vice-President professor Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, National Security Adviser, Maj Gen, Babagana Monguno (retd), and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folashade Yemi-Esan.

Some of the ministers who attended virtually

 

Other cabinet members physically attending the meeting are Ministers of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Dr. Zainab Ahmed, and Justice, Abubakar Malami, Health, Dr. Ehanire Osagie, Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Umar-Faroq.

Others are Minister of Labour and Employment Festus Keyamo, Minister of State Mines and Steel, Uche Ogar while other ministers are attending virtually from their various offices.

FEC Approves N92.12bn For Second Abuja Airport Runway Project

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A file photo of the front view of the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

 

The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N92.12billion for the construction of a second runway at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja.

The approval by the council comes a day after President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated a new terminal building at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport (MMIA), Lagos.

Minister of Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika, disclosed the approval of the fund on Wednesday while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the virtual council meeting presided over by President Buhari at the Presidential Villa in the nation’s capital.

According to him, the approved fund will be spread over a number of works to be carried out at the airport within a period of 12 months.

READ ALSO: President Buhari Commissions New Airport Terminal In Lagos

Asked how the government intends to raise the fund for the project, the minister explained that the administration would use the same pattern it had used to raise the money for other projects across sectors to achieve the current mandate.

President Muhammadu Buhari with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and others during the FEC meeting at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja on March 23, 2022.

 

The approval is a follow-up of President Buhari’s directive to the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, to source special funding for the second runway of the airport.

He had also directed the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Muhammad Bello, to conclude the documentation of the approved 12,000 hectares of land to accommodate the runway and other developmental projects.

At the event in Lagos on Tuesday, the President asked the aviation minister to fast-track the airport concession programme, to boost aviation practice in the country and make the aviation industry reflect global standards.

In his view, the completion and delivery of five brand new international airport terminals since 2015, which were at 11 per cent completion level then, align perfectly with the aviation roadmap developed in 2016 for the purposes of establishing critical infrastructure, including a national carrier as well as maintenance, repairs and overhaul centre, and improved airports terminals through concession.

FEC Approves Science, Technology And Innovation Policy

Economic Development
File photo of Science and Technology Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu.

 

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the revised Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy instituted 10 years ago.

Nigeria’s Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, disclosed this on Wednesday while briefing State House reporters on the outcome of the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. According to him, the approval shows the Federal Government’s commitment to improving the standard of living of Nigerians.

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“We believe that this will help our country to keep narrowing the gap between us and the technologically advanced countries of the world. We should be able also to overtake the way nations like China have done,” the minister said.

“There’ve been tremendous advances in science, technology, and innovation all over the world and this necessitated the need for our science, technology and innovation policy which was put in place in 2012, 10 years ago, to be revised so that we can keep pace with new and emerging technologies.

“The main objective is for us to use science, technology, and innovation, to improve the standard of living of our citizens and ensure that we have a high quality of life for all Nigerians. And this we can get if our nation becomes more prosperous, and our economy is more globally competitive.

“Again, we’ll like to see Nigeria using this policy, to be one of the top scientific powers in the world. We believe that this will help our country to keep narrowing the gap between us and the technologically developed countries of the world.”

Osinbajo Presides Over First FEC Meeting Of 2022

Osinbajo presides over 2022 FEC meeting

 

 

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo is presiding over the first Federal Executive Council meeting for the year 2022.

Physically present at the meeting is the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari.

Five Ministers including that of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of state for health, Olorunnimbe Mamora; Science, Technology and Innovation, Ogbonnaiya Onu; FCT, Ahmed Musa Bello and Transport, Rotimi Amaechi were also in attendance.

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

Before the commencement of the council meeting, members held a minute silence for the late Head of Nigeria’s interim government, Ernest Shonekan, and four other cabinet members that died between December 2021 and January 2022.

FEC Approves National Development Plan 2021-2025 With N348trn Investment

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presides over the FEC meeting on November 10, 2021.

 

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday approved a 2021-2025 National Development Plan with an investment size of N348.7 trillion.

Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this after the virtual meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday.

Mrs Ahmed noted that the five-year plan which succeeds the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) that expires in December 2021, is structured around six concepts including economic growth and development, infrastructure, public administration, human capital development, social development and regional development.

According to her, the Federal Government will broaden the tax base and expand the capacity of the private sector through creating investment opportunities as part of a funding strategy for the plan.

In addition, the plan underpinned by a macroeconomic framework projecting an average GDP growth of five per cent, will have contributions by the public sector at N49.7 trillion representing 14.3% and the private sector at N298.3 trillion made towards the investment size.

The annual national budget will also be derived from the plan.

This development comes a few hours after the Senate approved President Muhammadu Buhari’s External Borrowing (Rolling Plan) request in the sum of $16,230,077,718, and €1,020,000,000.

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A file photo of the Minister of Finance, Mrs Zainab Ahmed.

 

Also approved by the upper chamber was a grant component of $125 million.

The loans are to be funded by the World Bank, China Exim Bank, industrial, and commercial banks as well as African Development Bank (AfDB) among others.  Wednesday’s approval was sequel to the consideration of the report of the Senate Committee on Local and Foreign Debts, as presented by the Chairman of the Committee, Senator Clifford Ordia.

Ordia, while presenting the report, said the projects which funds are requested for in the 2018-2020 borrowing plan are ongoing.

The lawmaker noted that the said projects will stimulate a “rebirth of commercial and engineering activities and the consequent tax revenues payable to Government as a result of these productive activities will increase.”

In September 2020, President Buhari requested the facilities in an addendum to the 2018-2020 borrowing plan. The National Assembly had in July approved the sums of $8.3 billion and €490 million loans as initial requests.

Making a case for the extra request, the president stated that the loans would stimulate the economy and create jobs.