Buhari’s Govt Most Productive In The Last Two Years – Boss Mustapha

 

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, says the last two years of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been the most productive.

Mr Mustapha disclosed this on Monday during the opening ceremony of the Mid-Term Ministerial Performance Review Retreat in Abuja.

“In terms of the performance of the Federal Executive Council, let me acknowledge that the last two years have been most productive,” the SGF stated.

He further noted that over the past twenty-five months, ministers have continued to implement the deliverables assigned to them in line with their mandates jointly signed with the permanent secretaries which serve as a performance bond with President Buhari.

Speaking further about the milestones achieved, the Secretary General explained that “during this 2nd Term of Mr. President from May 29, 2019 to August 31, 2021, the Federal Executive Council held 52 meetings and granted 579 approvals comprising of 381 contracts, 110 policies and 88 briefs/notes.”

He added that “overall, the total number of Contracts, Policies and Briefs/Notes approved by the Federal Executive Council between November 2015 and August 2021 stand at 1,403 comprising 878 contracts, 319 policies and 206 briefs/notes.”

From the above, Mr Mustapha said the 878 contracts approved by FEC have mostly targeted the provision of infrastructure, geared towards enabling faster economic growth and development.

The SGF maintained that the analysis also shows that the government remained focused on its cardinal responsibility of responsively addressing the myriads of needs and challenges of its citizens through the 319 approved policies initiated during the period.

The details of this data, he said, are contained in the newly developed Compendium of FEC Approvals from November 2015 – August 2021, which is part of the retreat documents circulated to participants.


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President Buhari accompanied by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and SGF Boss Mustapha unveils the Performance Management System and Dashboard to track projects performance of all Ministries in real-time with live data during the Mid-Term Ministerial Performance Review Retreat in State House on 11th Oct 2021. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House
President Muhammadu Buhari accompanied by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and SGF Boss Mustapha unveils the Performance Management System and Dashboard to track projects performance of all Ministries in real-time with live data during the Mid-Term Ministerial Performance Review Retreat at the State House on 11th Oct 2021. Bayo Omoboriowo/State House.

 

Mustapha’s comments are in tandem with those of President Buhari who at the Midterm Ministerial Retreat unveiled a digital Performance Management System (PMS) that would help track government projects across the country in real-time

The president revealed that the dashboard will keep an eye on projects using live data, adding that the PMS has been in effect since January 2021 and has helped him to monitor the performance of ministries and by extension, monitor the progress of his administration.

According to President Buhari, it was in the continued drive to ensure accountability that his government “incorporated performance management framework into the functions of the Central Delivery Coordination Unit”.

He explained that the Midterm Ministerial review is aimed at reviewing each minister’s program, identifying key impediments to implementation and re-strategizing on how to accelerate delivery of results given the country’s economic situation.

Furthermore, President Buhari said that the retreat will effectively evaluate the activities of the ministries over the last two years to ascertain how well they have helped deliver on the promise made to Nigerians.

The president urged ministers to work closely with permanent secretaries to ensure accelerated and effective delivery of the programs and projects in their respective primary areas of focus.

Buhari Swears In Three INEC National Commissioners As FEC Commences

President Buhari Swears-In National Commissioners of INEC and presides over Federal Executive Council in State House on September 15, 2021.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn in three National Commissioners of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

They include Dr Baba Bila representing the North-East zone, Professor Sani Adam, representing the North-Central zone and Professor Abdullahi Abdu, representing the North-West zone.

The swearing-in took place on Wednesday just before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council meeting which held at the conference room of the First Lady’s office at the State House.

 

Some of the sworn-in National Commissioners of INEC with other officials of the commission at the State House on September 15, 2021.

 

Speaking after the ceremony the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, said: “we want to assure Nigerians that we will continue to do our best and continue to improve the transparency and credibility of elections in Nigeria.

“The new commissioners that have just been sworn in are bringing with them cumulated, intellectual and administrative experience and I’m confident that they will add value to our work”.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha are among those physically in attendance.

Also present are the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; as well as the Minister for Water Resources, Suleiman Adamu.

Others include Ministers of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Works and Housing, Babtunde Fashola and Interior, Rauf Aregbeshola.

 

(L-R) President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Minister of Interior Rauf Aregbesola and others at the FEC meeting on September 15.

 

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

 

Virtual attendees of the FEC meeting on September 15, 2021.

Nigeria Lost $50bn In 10 Years Due To Uncertainty Over Petroleum Industry – Buhari

 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday in Abuja said Nigeria lost an estimated $50billion worth of investments in 10 years.

This, according to him, was a result of the uncertainty of the non-passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB), lack of progress and stagnation in the petroleum industry.

In his remarks at a ceremony on passage of the PIA, which preceded the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, the President said the stagnation affected the growth of the economy, citing lack of political will on the part of past administrations to actualize the needed transformation.

President Buhari said assent of the Petroleum Industry Bill on August 16, 2021, marked the end of decades of uncertainty and under-investment in the petroleum industry.

“We are all aware that past administrations have identified the need to further align the industry for global competitiveness, but there was a lack of political will to actualize this needed transformation.

“This lack of progress has stagnated the growth of the industry and the prosperity of our economy. In the past ten years, Nigeria has lost an estimated US$50billion worth of investments due to uncertainty created by the non-passage of the PIB.

“This administration believes that the timely passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill will help our country attract investments across the oil and gas value chain.

“In view of the value our Nation and investors will derive from a stable fiscal framework for the oil and gas industry, our Administration has found it necessary to work with the two chambers of the National Assembly to ensure the passage of the PIB,’’ he said.

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on August 18, 2021.

 

According to a statement by his special media aide, Femi Adesina, the President noted that the signing of the bill was part of the administration’s commitment to building a competitive and resilient petroleum industry that will attract investment, improve the country’s revenue base, create jobs and support the economic diversification agenda.

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President Buhari said as a “nation that depends on oil resources for the development of other sectors, Nigeria runs a Petroleum Industry that is governed largely by laws enacted over 50 years ago such as the principal legislation; the Petroleum Act of 1969 and other obsolete legislations.’’

According to him, the Presidential assent of the bill to “Petroleum Industry Act 2021” marked the beginning of the journey towards a competitive and resilient petroleum industry that will attract investments to support the nation’s Economic Recovery and Growth Plan.

“The ‘Petroleum Industry Act 2021’ creates a regulatory environment that would ensure efficiency and accountability across the oil and gas value chain and reposition NNPC to a commercially driven National Petroleum Company that is accountable to the Federation.

“The Act also provides for a direct benefit framework that will enable sustainable development of host communities. I appeal to the host communities to look carefully at the contents of the Bill which in the implementation will bring real and lasting benefits to them.

“Furthermore, the Act provides for deliberate end to gas flaring which would facilitate the attainment of Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions of the Paris Agreement through a funding mechanism to support gas flare out project in host communities,’’ he added.

President Buhari said the administration believes that the timely passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill will help the country attract investments across the oil and gas value chain.

While directing immediate implementation of the framework for the Petroleum Industry Act (PIA), he urged all relevant stakeholders to comply and reposition for full activation within 12 months.

The President said the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, will head the implementation team, urging all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA) to adjust to the transition, designed to reposition the economy.

“To consolidate the commitment of this administration to delivering the value proposition of this law, I have approved an implementation framework commencing immediately to ensure the industry envisaged in the new law begins to take shape.

“The implementation process to be headed by the Hon Minister of State, Petroleum Resources is hereby tasked with the completion of the implementation of this act within 12 months. I am, therefore, directing all relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government to fully cooperate in ensuring the successful and timely implementation of this law,” he said.

President Buhari commended the leadership of the 9th Assembly for what he described as their continued pursuit of national aspiration and demonstration of mutual harmony with the executive in the pursuit of patriotic outcome in the passage of the PIB.

“I also commend the entire team in the executive that worked tirelessly to ensure the delivery of this strategic legislation for our country. I thank Nigerians and other industry stakeholders for their contributions and support in achieving this historic landmark,” he said.

The ceremony was attended by the Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, Deputy Speaker Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase and other lawmakers, members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) and Group Managing Director of the NNPC, Mele Kyari.

Government Officials Not Exempted From New Tolling Policy – FG

The Federal Executive Council meeting which held on August 11, 2021.

 

Government officials will not be exempted from paying road tolls in a new open tolling policy approved by the Federal Executive Council.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola made the declaration on Wednesday while briefing state house correspondents at the end of the FEC meeting.

While the open tolling system will not begin immediately, Fashola revealed that the framework for the broad policy was adopted at the meeting.

The policy, he explained, will guide the new tolling system so that local people, states and local governments, as well as all those who manage roads and interested investors, will understand the nation’s tolling policy.

 

The Minister for Information, Lai Mohammed, having a conversation with the Minister for Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola during Wednesday’s FEC.

 

Mr Fashola further hinted that after wide consultations with various sectors including the National Assembly, only diplomats and military and paramilitary officials would be exempted from the electronic toll collection on the dual carriageways pronounced eligible for tolling by the Federal Government.

According to him, the council equally proposed that bicycles, pedal cycles, tricycles, motorcycles, and other two or three-wheeled means of transport used mainly by disadvantaged members of the community, will be entitled to a full 100% exemption.

FG Approves ₦309bn For Federal Road Contract

File Photo: The Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, briefs State House correspondents in Abuja at the end of a Federal Executive Council meeting.

 

The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of ₦309.9 billion for road contracts which will be handled by the Dangote Group.

The Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, told a media briefing after the council meeting on Wednesday that five road projects totalling 274.9 kilometers of federal road under the Federal Government Road Infrastructure Tax Credit Policy will be advanced by the Dangote industries as tax credit.

He explained that the move is also part of the government’s multiple funding options with the private sector.

The roads are located between Bama and Banke in Borno State, the Nnamdi Azikiwe road in Kaduna State and the Deep Sea Port access road, sections one and three in Lagos State through the Epe to Sagamu expressway.

Fashola disclosed that this is the largest single award of concrete roads undertaken by the Nigerian government.

The council equally approved the formalisation of police special services unit operated through a private-public partnership and enabled tarriffs and billing schemes to tap revenues and block leakages.

FEC Approves Resumption Of FCT Land Swap Initiative

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the resumption of the Federal Capital Development Authority (FCDA) land swap initiative.

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Mohammed Bello, made the disclosure after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, on Wednesday

The initiative which was launched under the previous administration and worth about N1 trillion, was primarily to fix the infrastructure deficit in the Federal Capital Territory by swapping land with private investors, who would, in turn, provide the necessary infrastructure.

The minister affirms that the council approved the resumption of the initiative following a memo he presented at the FEC meeting.

He said some amendments were made to the original form of the initiative by establishing a legal framework to protect all parties concerned.

Vice-President Osinbajo Presides Over FEC Meeting In Buhari’s Absence

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo holds weekly Federal Executive Council meeting

 

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, is currently presiding over this week’s virtual Federal Executive Council meeting in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Professor Osinbajo is taking charge in the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is currently on a four-day official visit to the French capital, Paris, alongside some ministers and other senior aides.

Attending the virtual FEC meeting are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and five ministers.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo

 

Also physically in attendance are those of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; Aviation, Senator Hadi Sirika; Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; Water Resources, Engr. Suleiman Adamu; and the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Doctor Folashade Yemi-Esan, as well as other members of Council are participating in the meeting virtually.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo represents President Muhammadu Buhari at the FEC meeting

Osinbajo Presides, FEC Observe One Minute Silence For Late Minister

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the 41st virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the State House.

The Chief of staff to the president, Professor Ibrahim Gambari as well as the National security adviser, Major General Babagana Munguno (Rtd) physically attended the meeting.

Four Ministers including those of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Finance, Zainab Ahmed, Justice, Abubakar Malami, and the Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajuiba were also physically present.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, and other Ministers participated in the weekly cabinet meeting from their various offices in Abuja.

Before commencement of the day’s proceedings, the council observed a minute silence for a former member of the cabinet, Mahmud Tukur who died in April 2021 at the age of 82.

Tukur who served as Minister of Commerce and Industries during the military regime of President Muhammadu Buhari was also the first Vice-Chancellor of the Bayero University, Kano, and sat on the boards of many organizations and businesses.

The Vice President after the FEC meeting spoke with State House correspondents.

He asked for a rededication of attitude by Nigerians to reflect higher virtues of kindness, love, and generosity devoid of faith or ethnicity, especially during the Ramadan period.

He stressed that a recommitment to peace and reconciliation across the board is fundamental at this time.

FEC Approves $1.5bn For Rehabilitation Of Port Harcourt Refinery

 

The Federal Executive Council has approved $1.5 billion for the rehabilitation of the Port Harcourt refinery which is said to commence immediately.

Briefing State House Correspondents on Wednesday after the FEC meeting in Abuja, the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Timipre Sylva, said the rehabilitation will be carried out in three phases.

File photo of the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

 

The first phase will be completed in 18 months which takes the refinery to a production of 90 percent of its capacity, the second phase will be completed in 24months, while the final phase will be completed in 44months.

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The contractor approved by council is an Italian E and EPC company who won the bid to handle the rehabilitation project.

Sylva assured that the maintenance which is a recurring challenge for the nation’s refineries was elaborately discussed in council, adding that a professional will be employed to manage the refinery after the rehabilitation.

On his part, Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, presented a memo approved by the council to the tune of ₦3.70billion for the supply of various equipment to strengthen the Nigeria Centre for disease control (NCDC) across the federation, to respond effectively not only to COVID-19 issues but to other diagnostic issues.

PHOTOS: Buhari Presides Over 37th Virtual FEC Meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari presides over the 37th virtual FEC meeting

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is presiding over the 37th virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council at the Council Chambers.

The Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari, and National Security Adviser, Major General Babagana Monguno (retired) were physically in attendance.

READ ALSO: Osinbajo, Boss Mustapha, Others Attend Virtual FEC Meeting As Buhari Presides

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PHOTOS: FEC Observes One Minute Silence For Ex-Kwara State Military Administrator

 

Members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday observed a minute silence for the former Kwara State Military Administrator, Retired Brigadier General Ahmed Aboki Abdullahi.

The Late Brigadier General Abdallah served in the Federal Executive Council during the military regime when President Buhari was the Head of State, as Minister of Communications and later Minister of Social Development, Youth and Sports.

He later became the Military Administrator of Kwara State from 1987-1988.

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FEC Observes One Minute Silence For Ex-Kwara State Military Administrator

FEC members observe one-minute silence for a former cabinet member

 

 

Members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday observed a minute silence for the former Kwara State Military Administrator, Retired Brigadier General Ahmed Aboki Abdullahi.

The Late Brigadier General Abdallah served in the Federal Executive Council during the military regime when President Buhari was the Head of State, as Minister of Communications and later Minister of Social Development, Youth and Sports.

He later became the Military Administrator of Kwara State from 1987-1988.

READ ALSO: FEC Observes One Minute Silence For Lateef Jakande

The minute silence was observed shortly before the commencement of the weekly meeting holding at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting which is being presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari has in attendance physically Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and the Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari.

Ten Ministers are equally physically attending the meeting. They are those of Information and Culture- Lai Mohammed, Finance- Zainab Ahmed, Justice- Abubakar Malami, Agriculture- Sabo Nanono and the Minister of Education- Adamu Adamu.

Others are the Ministers of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello; Humanitarian Affairs, Sadiya Umar; Trade, Industry and Investment, Niyi Adebayo and labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige.

The Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, and other Ministers are participating in the weekly cabinet meeting from their various offices in Abuja.