FEC Approves Construction Of Seven Model Schools, N1.6bn For Antiretroviral Drugs

 

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has given approval for the construction of 7 model school in each zone of the country including the FCT.

The Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed disclosed this at a media briefing after the council meeting on Thursday.

The schools which are to be sited in Imo, Katsina, Bauchi, Edo, Lagos, and Nasarawa, will cost about N4.6billion.

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The council which met for over five hours also approved the contract for the supply of first-line Antiretroviral drugs for the National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA). The contract is in the sum of over N1.6 billion. This includes 2nd line ARV of over N210million.

The drugs are to be supplied to Federal Central Store in Oshodi, medical stores in Abia and Taraba.

FEC Approves Committee For Infrastructure Spending

 

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Wednesday, approved the establishment of a committee made up of cabinet ministers and selected private sector investors, to source for alternative means of financing infrastructure.

The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Okechukwu Enelamah, briefed journalists after a six-hour closed-door meeting that the target is to boost infrastructure spending to a N10-20 billion range annually over the next five years.

Enelamah stressed that the Federal Government plans to achieve the plan by partnering with other key sectors and meetings would begin by April 2019.

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The council also approved N1.4 billion for the design of a proposed 12-floor building for the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) in Abuja.

According to Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, the proposed building will serve as the head office of DPR, and the contract has been awarded to a Nigerian firm.

The regulatory and supervisory arm of the ministry of petroleum is currently based in Lagos and the minister stressed that the move to Abuja would be instrumental for income generation.

FEC Approves 27.4billion Naira For Victims Of Flood, Conflict And Insecurity

 

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) after a 7-hour closed-door meeting on Wednesday approved N27.4 billion intervention fund for victims of floods, conflicts, and insecurity across the nation. 

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State who is also Vice Chairman of the National Food Security Council disclosed this to State House correspondents.

Bagudu noted that 69, 872 persons will benefit from over 8billion Naira earmarked for the victims of conflict and insecurity while 18billion Naira was specifically for flood victims across 14 states.

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For the sum earmarked for flood victims, the council targeted 163,117 beneficiaries.

The FEC also approved the signing of the ‘Safe School Initiative’ which makes Nigeria now committed to implementing the project’s guidelines.

Also, Contract for the construction of the faculty of arts in Adamawa State university at 613million naira was approved.

FEC Backs President Buhari’s Directive On Ballot Box Snatchers

 

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has backed President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive on ballot snatchers.

This was revealed to journalists by the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, after the weekly meeting.

The President had earlier ordered security operatives to “deal ruthlessly” with anyone who attempts to snatch ballot box during the rescheduled general elections on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

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He said he had ordered security agencies to prepare to crack down on potential troublemakers during the rescheduled elections.

The President also noted that he had briefed the law enforcement agencies and the military, who have identified the hot spots and flashpoints.

Information minister in his briefing, however, warned those with intentions to steal votes will face the consequences.

“Absolutely, I mean if you want to intimidate voters to steal the mandate of the people, you should be able to face the wrath of the law”.

Buhari Meets IGP, AIG In Abuja

File Photo: President Buhari and the IGP

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently meeting with the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris and the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Adamu Muhammad at the Presidential Villa.

Although details of the meeting are still sketchy, it may not be unconnected with the retirement of the IGP as his tenure expires today after attaining the mandatory 35 years in service.

Consequently, there have been reports that the Assistant Inspector General of Police may be the next IGP but there’s yet to be any official communication to that effect.

Meanwhile the president is expected to preside over an extraordinary Federal Executive Council meeting around 3:00 pm.

Buhari Presides Over Extraordinary FEC Meeting

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File Photo: President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during a meeting at the State House in Abuja

 

 

An Extraordinary Federal Executive Council meeting between minsters and President Muhammadu Buhari was held on Tuesday.

Details of the meeting were, however, not disclosed to journalists.

After the meeting, the Minister of Information, Mr Lai Mohammed said he could not speak on the outcome as it is still a work in progress requiring the input of the National Economic Council.

FEC Approves Four Private Universities

 

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Four private universities have been approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The approval was made during the weekly council meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The universities are situated in Kaduna, Oyo, Ogun and Osun States.

They include Greenfield University (Kaduna) Dominion University (Oyo) Trinity University (Ogun) and Westland University (Osun)

According to the council, the approval was given because they met the requirements for establishing a university following a visitation by the National Universities Commission (NUC).

The number of private universities established so far comes to 79.

 

Ministers Head To NASS As FEC Meeting Ends

Ministers leave to Join President Muhammadu Buhari At the National Assembly

 

The weekly Federal Executive Council meeting has been concluded as the ministers are on their way to the National Assembly to join President Muhammadu Buhari for the presentation of the 2019 budget proposal.

The President is expected at NASS to hold a joint session comprising of the Senate and House of Representatives.

Prior to today’s session, there was mild drama with the ongoing four days warning strike by members of the Parliamentary Staff Association of Nigeria which commenced on Monday.

The workers arrived at the National Assembly in the early hours of the day, blocking the main entrance and preventing the normal day’s activities.

However, during today’s FEC meeting which lasted for about an hour and a half, the issues largely discussed was the 2019 appropriation bill.

The meeting was presided over by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

FEC Pleased As Budget Minister Reveals 2018 GDP Growth

 

The Federal Executive Council on Wednesday received a report detailing the growth of the nation’s GDP in the third quarter of 2018.

After the meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Udo Udoma, told journalists that the council was encouraged by the economy’s steady recovery from recession.

He also noted that the economic growth continues to be driven by the non-oil sector which grew by 3.32 per cent in the third quarter.

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The nation had entered into a recession in 2016, according to statistics by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

Consequently, the cost of basic amenities soared, as the value of the naira depreciated compared to the dollar – a situation which caused hardship for the majority of Nigerians.

With pressure being mounted on government, the need to diversify the economy and focus on the non-oil sector became inevitable.

After various efforts, the nation exited the recession in 2017.

The presidency, however, promised that it won’t rest until the impact of the nation’s new economic status is being felt by all Nigerians.


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Meanwhile, the Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Jibrin, has resigned from the federal cabinet.

His resignation was announced during the FEC meeting on Wednesday, after which a valedictory session was held in his honour.

FEC Approves 2019 Budget Estimate

 

The Federal Executive Council has approved the 2019 budget estimate.

It gave the approval during its special session presided over by President Buhari on Friday.

At the end of the meeting, the Minister for Budget and Planning Udo Udoma, however, did not give any details of the budget.

He said the ministry will get in touch with the National Assembly in order to fix a date for the President to present the budget to the Assembly.

Meanwhile, the president is now meeting with members of Miners Association of Nigeria at the council chamber.

Special FEC Session Holds In Abuja

File photo of President Buhari.

 

A special Federal Executive Council meeting is ongoing at the State House Council chambers in Abuja, with President Muhammadu Buhari presiding over deliberations.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, had explained that the special meeting will focus on the 2019 budget.

He said the aim of the meeting is to look at the budget and get the proposal approved by FEC and afterwards transmit the document to the National Assembly.

More to follow…

President Buhari To Preside Over Special FEC Meeting On Friday

President Muhammadu Buhari speaks during a meeting at the State House in Abuja on November 2, 2018.

 

President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to preside over a special session of the Federal Executive Council set to hold on Friday, December 7, at 10:30 am.

The Senior Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, announced this to journalists at a briefing on Wednesday in Abuja.

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He said the aim of the meeting is to look at the budget and get the proposal approved by FEC and afterwards transmit the document to the National Assembly.

Details later…