Osinbajo Meets With Governors, Seeks Ways Of Strengthening National Unity

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presides over the emergency NEC meeting in Abuja on October 26, 2020.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has met with state governors representing each of the six geopolitical zones in the country.

Meeting under the aegis of the National Economic Council (NEC), they agreed to meet with security agencies to strengthen national unity in the country.

This was disclosed in a statement issued on Tuesday by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande.

According to the statement, the terms of reference adopted were “to engage with the Security Agencies and develop ways of delivering more control to State Governors who are the Chief Security Officers of their States.”

“To recommend effective solutions to the rising divisiveness and propose ways of strengthening national unity.”

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FALLOUTS OF PROTESTS:

NEC COMMITTEE TO ENGAGE YOUTHS, OTHERS SWING INTO ACTION

*VP, Governors to interact on Zonal and State basis

#EndSARS Aftermath: NEC Committee To Engage Youths, Others

In furtherance of the resolution of an emergency meeting of the National Economic Council last week, the Ad-Hoc Committee set up to engage with youths, civil society organizations, and different strands of leadership across the nation in the wake of the recent protests have swung into action

At a meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, earlier today, the Committee decided to promptly embark on a two-pronged engagement process: Zonal and State-based respectively.

For the State-based engagements, each of the 36 State Governors and FCT Minister would meet with the leadership and representatives of the identified groups in their States. This would then be immediately followed by zonal interactions where the Vice President and members of the Committee would feature.

The engagements will not only include youth groups but also traditional, religious and political leaders. Civil society groups would also be involved as well as opinion molders like the media.

The interactions would feature issues around employment, social safety nets, and national unity and security of lives and properties among others.

Today’s meeting attended virtually by all Governors representing each of the 6 geopolitical zones in the country also formally adopted the following Terms of Reference:

  1. To engage representatives of Youths, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) and others, Political, Religious, and Traditional leaders on employment and social safety net programmes among other issues.
  2. To engage with the Security Agencies and develop ways of delivering more control to State Governors who are the Chief Security Officers of their States;

iii. To recommend effective solutions to the rising divisiveness and propose ways of strengthening national unity;

  1. To develop a framework for the coordination of action steps to be taken by both the Federal and State Governments in response to the fundamental issues underlying the EndSARs Protests;
  2. To co-opt and or invite any individual or Corporate body that may facilitate the work of the Committee; and
  3. Report to Council with such recommendations as may be considered appropriate.

It would be recalled that last Thursday after more than four hours of deliberations at an emergency meeting of the National Economic Council, it was resolved that the deeper reasons behind the ENDSARS protests and its fallout should be addressed by both the Federal and State Governments.

Members of the NEC AD-HOC COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC ENGAGEMENTS, all of whom attended today’s meeting are:

H.E., Prof Yemi Osinbajo, SAN – the Vice President – Chairman

H.E., Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR – Sokoto State Governor representing Northwest

H.E., Prof. Babagana Umara Zulum – Borno State Governor representing Northeast

H.E., Abubakar Sani Bello – Niger State Governor representing Northcentral

H.E., Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN – Ondo State Governor representing Southwest

H.E., Engr. Dave Umahi – Ebonyi State Governor representing Southeast

H.E., Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa – Delta State Governor representing Southsouth

Laolu Akande

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media & Publicity

Office of the Vice President

3rd November 2020

Fallout Of EndSARS Protests: NEC Sets Up Committee To Engage Youths

After more than four hours of deliberations at an emergency meeting of the National Economic Council today, a resolution has been reached by the Council that the deeper reasons behind the ENDSARS protests and its fallouts should be addressed by both the Federal and State Governments.

To this end, a Council committee to engage the youths, representatives of Civil Society Organizations, religious and traditional leaders, on employment, social safety net programmes, and national unity among other key issues of concern has been constituted composing governors representing the six geopolitical zones.

The Committee would be chaired by the Vice President who presided over the meeting attended by the Governors, FCT Minister, Central Bank Governor, Inspector General of Police, representatives from the Military, the Directorate of State Security, and the National Human Rights Commission.

Members of the committee are:
a. Governor of Sokoto State
b. Governor of Borno State
c. Governor of Niger State
d. Governor of Ondo State
e. Governor of Ebonyi State
f. Governor of Delta State

The Committee which is to commence work immediately will develop a comprehensive framework under the auspices of the Council that would coordinate joint actions and steps to be taken by both the Federal and State Governments to examine the fundamental issues underlining the protests and arrive at effective solutions, including how to enhance Nigeria’s national security.

While supporting President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to a complete overhaul of the nation’s security services, NEC also commended the Nigerian Police and Security agencies for their handling of the disturbances in some States of the Federation while also noting its unequivocal belief that most members of the Nigerian security personnel are law-abiding and are capable of restoring law and order in the country.

Below is the communique issued at the end of the Emergency NEC meeting today:

Emergency National Economic Council Meeting
Monday 26th October 2020

Rising from the Emergency Meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC) held today, Monday, 26th October 2020, members commiserated and expressed sincere condolences to all those who have been injured, suffered the death of a loved one or lost property since the hijacking of the EndSARS demonstrations by criminals and hoodlums across the country.

The Council observed the low morale of security operatives during the period and members resolved to commend the Nigerian Police and all the security agencies for their handling of what is clearly an unprecedented problem.

Council affirmed an unequivocal belief and assurance that most members of the nation’s security personnel are law-abiding and are capable of restoring law and order in the country.

NEC also supported President Muhammadu Buhari’s commitment to a complete overhaul of the country’s security services by improving the capacity of security officers across the rank and file while providing them with the necessary equipment to carry out their jobs effectively.

NEC enjoined the CACOVID leadership to come out with an independent statement on the status of the distribution of palliatives donated to States which should clearly explain the circumstances behind the delay in the distribution of food items domiciled in warehouses across the country.

Council reviewed the activities of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other secessionist groups, stressing that these subterranean and violent tendencies must be quickly addressed given that they have continually hijacked demonstrations and caused mayhem and lawlessness across parts of the country.

Council established that economic issues underlie what the country has gone through in the last few weeks. Good governance and improved service delivery remain the fundamental panacea to social tensions in the country, and social welfare must be given greater priority in the first instance.

Council decried the irresponsible use of social media in fueling misinformation and increasing social tensions.

Council agreed to embark on an objective framing of a new security and stability architecture for the country supported by the development of a framework of engagement with the youth, civil society, and religious leaders; a framework for national unity; a framework to engage with security agencies that will devolve more control to State governors who are the chief security officers of their states; a framework for federal support to provide compensation for those who have incurred losses in the last few weeks and a framework for social security to deal with the problem of unemployment and poverty in the country.

A Joint Committee was consequently set up by the Chairman of Council, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, to work with State governments represented by the Governors of Ebonyi, Ondo, Niger, Delta, Borno and Sokoto States to implement the resolutions of the emergency meeting.

Osinbajo, Governors Hold Emergency National Economic Council Meeting

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presides over the emergency NEC meeting in Abuja on October 26, 2020.

 

The Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo on Monday presided over an emergency National Economic Council (NEC) meeting.

The meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital with some governors in attendance.

Details later…

NEC To Govs: Take Charge Of Police Tactical Units

 

Rising from its monthly meeting the National Economic Council has directed the immediate establishment of State-based Judicial Panels of Inquiry across the country to receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extrajudicial killings with a view to delivering justice for all victims of the dissolved SARS and other police units.

The Council specifically resolved that State Governors and the FCT Minister should take charge of interface and contact with the protesters in their respective domains.

At a meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, and attended by State Governors, the Judicial Panels which would be set up in all the States would include representatives of Youths, Students, Civil Society Organizations and would be chaired by a respected retired State High Court Judge.

The Council also directed that State Governors should immediately establish a State-based Special Security and Human Rights Committee to be chaired by the Governors in their States, to supervise the newly formed police tactical units and all other security agencies located in the State.

The idea of the Special Security and Human Rights Committee in all States of the Federation and the FCT is to ensure that police formation and other security agencies in the State consistently protect the Human Rights of citizens.

Members of the Special Committee would also include Representatives of Youths, and Civil Society. The head of Police tactical units in each of the State would also be a member of the Committee.

 

Regarding the Judicial Panel of Inquiry, each State Government is to set up the Panel, chaired by a retired High Court Judge, with other members selected by the State Governor as follows:

*Two representatives of Civil Society groups

*One Retired Police Officer of high repute

*One Youth Representative

*One Student Representative

* One Representative of the State Attorney-General Ministry and a representative from the National Human Rights Commission.

The terms of reference for the Judicial Panel is to –

*receive and investigate complaints of Police brutality or related extrajudicial killings;

*evaluate the evidence presented/other surrounding circumstances, and draw conclusions as to the validity of the complaints; and

*recommend compensation and other remedial measures, where appropriate.

The Panel’s assignment should be concluded within a maximum of six (6) months unless it shows convincing reasons why the State Governor should allow an extension.

There would also be Human Rights Public Complaints Team of between 2 to 3 persons to receive complaints on an ongoing basis. That team would be established by the Special Committee on Security and Human Rights.

It was resolved that each State Government shall also set up such a Complaints Office to which members of the public can relate by telephone or social media channels.

It shall be the duty of the officers of the Complaints Office to liaise with the leadership of security agencies, attempt resolution of complaints, or otherwise guide the complainants.

Also, NEC directs all State Governors to immediately establish a Victims Fund to enable the payment of monetary compensation to deserving victims.

Other highlights of today’s NEC meeting

Council also received an update on Nigeria’s COVID-19 response efforts from the Director-General of the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu.

According to the report, state performance in testing in the last month showed that state testing in September compared to August recorded a decline in 18 States and improved testing in 19 others.

The NCDC DG also listed priority intervention areas as, strengthening States’ Health Security Architecture (Strong State Epidemiology team, Functional EOC, Functional Molecular Lab, Defined Treatment Centre, Response Vehicles, Communication equipment, Resources to deploy) and the establishment and sustenance of sample collection sites.

Other highlights of the meeting are as follows:

UPDATE ON ACCOUNT BALANCES

The Honourable Minister of State for Budget and National Planning reported to Council that the under listed accounts as of 14th October 2020 are as follows:

a.
Excess Crude Account -$72,409,346.76

b. Stabilization Account -N47,193,630,556.96

c. Development of Natural Resources Account -N154,330,148,020.34

PRESENTATION ON STRATEGY FOR GROWTH OF MICRO, SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES (SMES) AND JOB CREATION BY MINISTER OF INDUSTRY, TRADE AND INVESTMENT

Council received a presentation from the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment titled Strategy for Growth of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMES), and Job Creation.

· The objective of the presentation is to bring NEC up to speed on Ministry’s Term Goals and Projects and seek NEC’S support in the resolution of key challenges to achieving our goals.

· The presentation noted that part of the mandate of FMITI is to accelerate the growth of the industrial sector and enhance productivity and boost the development of micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) as an engine of economic growth, etc.

Council was invited to:

Establish land banks in each state earmarked for investment in agriculture and agro-processing;

Ensure fair compensation for land, standardize and ensure clarity in compensation rates in each state;

Adapt the 2015 approved list of taxes and levies;

Set up and investment promotion agency/one-stop-shop for investment-related issues including facilitating investment linkages

MSME Council should be set up in each states. These Councils should build a database of the residents MSMES which can be used to facilitate the integration of local MSMEs into the supply chains of large resident corporate.

PRESENTATION ON THE 2021-2023 MEDIUM-TERM EXPENDITURE FRAMEWORK AND 2021 FGN BUDGET PROPOSAL BY THE HONORABLE MINISTER OF STATE FOR BUDGET & NATIONAL PLANNING

According to the presentation, disruptions in the macroeconomic environment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, necessitated Mr. President’s presentation of a revised 2020 budget on 28th May, 2020, which was signed into law on 10th July, 2020.

▪ The Federal Executive Council (FEC) approved the revised 2021-23 Medium Term Expenditure Framework & Fiscal Strategy Paper (MTEF/FSP), as well as the 2021 FGN Budget, on the 30th of September, 2020.

▪ In response to the developments affecting the supply of foreign exchange to the economy, the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) adjusted the official exchange rate to N360/US$1, and more recently to N379/US$.

▪ The projected aggregate revenue inflow into the Federation Account (Main Pool) is N6.77 trillion, while N1.70 trillion is the projected inflow in the VAT Pool Account.

▪ Out of the Main Pool Account, FGN is projected to get N3.54 trillion while States and Local Governments are projected to get N1.80 trillion and N1.39 trillion, respectively.

▪ From the VAT Pool Account, FGN is projected to get N255.46 billion while States and Local Governments are projected to get N851.52 billion and N596.07 billion, respectively.

The Council noted that several measures are being instituted to improve government revenue and entrench a regime of prudence with emphasis on achieving value for money.

According to the council, the goal of fiscal interventions will be to keep the economy active through carefully calibrated regulatory/policy measures designed to boost domestic value-addition, de-risk the enterprise environment, attract external investment and sources of funding.

PHOTOS: Uzodinma, Lalong Present As Osinbajo Chairs NEC Meeting

Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, Osun’s Gboyega Oyetola and Ondo Governor, Rotimi Oyetola at the National Economic Summit at the Presidential Villa on January 23, 2020.

 

 

The first National Economic Council (NEC) meeting of the year has taken place at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, the meeting took place on Thursday with governors of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, Plateau State, Simon Lalong and Benue State, Samuel Ortom in attendance.

Other governors in attendance were Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo, Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, and Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State.

The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his Ogun State counterpart, Dapo Abiodun, were absent but were represented by their deputies.

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NEC Approves N100bn For Implementation Of National Livestock Transformation Plan

 

The National Economic Council has proposed a budget of a 100 billion naira for the implementation of the National Livestock Transformation Plan.

Chairman of the sub committee on farmer herders crisis, Governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi told State House Correspondents that it was agreed that the Federal Government would bear 80 percent of the amount while participating states would support with 20 billion naira and provision of lands for the programme.

He reiterated that states are free to use any animal of their choice in the implementation of the programme and that a date for the effective take off of the programme will be decided at its next meeting in October.

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The Edo state Governor says Nigeria has so far lost 1.3 billion dollars worth of crude oil to theft and pipeline vandalism in the first quarter of 2019.

Mr Obaseki who chairs a thirteen man NEC sub-committee mandated to investigate the impact of the attacks on oil installations in the creeks of the Niger Delta, warned that from the committee’s findings, the nation stands to loose as much as 2.7 billion dollars by the end of the year if the situation is not urgently checked.

The Edo Governor disclosed a number of recommendations by the Council to include the need to restructure the maintenance and ownership of pipelines in the country, prosecution of criminals and creation of special court to handle the cases.

The committee according to him also recommended that the NNPC work with the National Intelligence Agency to track countries benefiting from the stolen crude oil.

The Council he says have resolved to submit the recommendations to President Muhammadu Buhari.

At a separate briefing, the inspector General of police, Mohammed Adamu declared that there a drastic reduction in the spate of kidnapping, banditry and cultism in the country compared with the last quarter.

Farmer/Herders Clash: Osinbajo Chairs NEC Meeting On National Livestock

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo chairs the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa with some governors in attendance on Wednesday, July 3, 2019.

 

Members of the National Economic Council (NEC) are currently meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and some governors.

Professor Osinbajo is chair of the meeting which also has in attendance the governors of Ebonyi, Dave Umahi, Plateau, Simon Lalong, Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu, the Deputy Governor of Adamawa state, Martins Nasir.

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Others present are Samuel Ortom of Benue, Darius Ishaku of Taraba, Godwin Obaseki of Edo, Seyi Makinde of Oyo and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara states.

The meeting follows the series of attacks engulfed in the Farmer-Herders clashes that have led to the loss of lives and the destruction of farms and cattle.

Buhari Inaugurates NEC, Asks Them To Focus On Economic Development

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the National Economic Council (NEC) at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday.

He charged the council in his inaugural address, to focus on security, agriculture, health, and economic development.

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President Buhari asked Governors to rally the Local Government Chairmen in their states, to work towards improving education, and ensure that the next four years should focus on improving Internally Generated Revenue, Value Added Tax, and Agricultural Output.

In attendance were the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo, state Governors and their deputies.

Others present include, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno, Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, and CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele.

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KEYNOTE ADDRESS OF HIS EXCELLENCY,
PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI, ON THE INAUGURATION OF THE NATIONAL ECONOMIC COUNCIL (NEC),
HELD ON THURSDAY 20TH JUNE, 2019,
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, PRESIDENTIAL VILLA, ABUJA

Protocols

I am delighted to be with you this afternoon to inaugurate the National Economic Council (NEC).

2. NEC is established by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999), as amended. By virtue of Section 153 and paragraph 18 of the 3rd Schedule to the Constitution, NEC has the mandate to advise the President on economic policy of the country and in particular, co-ordination of the economic planning efforts, and programmes of the three- tiers of Government.

3. I am very happy to observe that during our first term of office, the Council made very significant progress, holding an unprecedented total of 38 meetings and setting up 10 Ad-Hoc Committees to address various issues of national concern. In the course of its deliberations, it came up with a total of 173 resolutions, cutting across eight areas, namely;
a. Agriculture and Solid Minerals;

b. Investments Promotion and Industrialization;

c. Monetary and fiscal stability;

d. Infrastructure;

e. Health and Education;

f. Revenue Generation;

g. Security and

h. Support for States.

4. The resolutions were designed to energize the various sectors of the Nigerian economy to which the eight areas relate. Initiatives brought about by the NEC resolutions are either implemented already or at different stages of implementation across the country. Together, they have proved to be of utmost importance in dictating the pace of national development.

5. I therefore urge the NEC Coordination Team to press forward with key initiatives that will strengthen the implementation mechanism, enhance cooperation across States and further promote joint deliberations, peer learning and experience sharing, under a very strong Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

6. Your Excellencies, I want you to pay special attention to the four major issues of security, education, health and agriculture in the coming years of this tenure. As you are no doubt aware, our successes in these four areas will go a long way in lifting our people out of poverty and secure our future for sustainable growth and development.

7. On Security, government will continue to rate security of lives and properties as top priority on our agenda. We are firmly committed to securing the territorial integrity of our nation, while confronting the remnants of terrorists, bandits and other criminals across the country. There must be collective and deliberate efforts by all to improve the security of lives and properties across the country. Security is a bottom to top operation. Everybody must be involved for total success.

8. On education, I want to stress in particular the need to take very seriously and enforce very rigorously the statutory provisions on free and compulsory basic education. Section 18(3) of the 1999 Constitution as amended places on all of us here an obligation to eradicate illiteracy and provide free and compulsory education.

9. Section 2 of the Compulsory, Free Universal Basic Education Act provides that every Government in Nigeria shall provide free, compulsory and universal basic education for every child of primary and junior secondary school age. It is indeed a crime for any parent to keep his child out of school for this period. In my view, when a government fails to provide the schools, teachers and teaching materials necessary for basic education, it is actually aiding and abetting that crime.

10. This is therefore a call to action. I would like to see every Governor rise from this meeting and rally his local Government Chairmen towards ensuring that our schools offer the right opportunities and provide the needed materials and teachers for basic education, at the minimum. If we are able to do this, the benefits will surely manifest themselves.

11. Ensuring proper education during the first nine years of schooling means that our children start off their lives with some discipline and education. They will be safeguarded from roaming the streets, and protected from all the evil influences that assail idle hands and idle minds.

12. Whatever they choose to do thereafter, children with basic education will be better prepared to learn and to appreciate their own role in society. This will also go a long way in solving our security and other anti-social problems, which are often the manifestations of early delinquency. I therefore think every Governor here should make a firm commitment to be personally involved in ensuring that every child of school age actually goes to school throughout the crucial nine years of basic education.

13. On our own part, the Federal Government will strive to extend the school feeding programme which will not only encourage school enrolment but also enhance the health and learning capabilities of pupils. We will also assist States as much as possible to access the counterpart funding provided by UBEC for the development of basic education.

14. As I already indicated, public healthcare is also a major sector of concern where States and Local Governments have crucial roles to play. Health is an area where the neglect of one person quickly amounts to the neglect of many. It is in our collective interest that each and every citizen gets at least a minimal access to healthcare, including primary, preventive and emergency care.

15. Funding is again a major problem in this regard, so we must take more seriously the idea of universal health insurance and strive to make it work in our respective domains. We must also find ways of assisting the poorest and most vulnerable in our society, who cannot even afford to pay the premium. We must therefore resolve to increase budgetary allocation to health and ensure prompt fund releases to keep the hospitals and primary healthcare centres in operation at all times.

16. The Federal Government is now implementing the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund. By this, we hope to achieve at least 65 percent increase in the share of the population covered by primary healthcare by 2023, up from the 12.6 percent we cover at the moment.

17. Accordingly, it is imperative for us to do more on diversifying the economy, and this necessarily entails the sustenance and even acceleration of the agricultural revolution, which is already firmly rooted in some States. Of our nearly one million hectares of land, about 77% is confirmed suitable for agriculture.

18. The potentials are therefore huge, both for the domestic and international markets. Mechanisation and agro-allied industry are very big areas still largely untapped and awaiting investment, both by government and the private sector. I therefore urge you to take agriculture most seriously as a very viable developmental enterprise.

19. While the Federal Government has primary responsibility for security and will not shy away from it, the States also have a critical role to play; in particular Your Excellencies, as State Governors. You can definitely make a difference, not just by assisting the security agencies in your respective States, but also by keenly pursuing policies and programmes that forestall communal, tribal, religious and societal conflicts; policies and programs that promote education, information, dispute resolution, vocational training and youth employment.

20. I have no doubt that if these four areas – security, education, health and agriculture – are actively implemented and closely monitored by NEC and the Governors’ Forum, we shall in the near future see a more peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.

21. Your Excellencies, the Federal Government in the last four years has demonstrated unwavering inclusiveness in dealing with every State, notwithstanding the political leaning of the Governor or the predominant party in power at the State level. I want this to be your model at the State level. No matter which party we belong to, let us shun divisive policies and join hands together for the upliftment of our people.

22. Going forward, States must in the next four years find ways to increase internally generated revenues, improve VAT collection and increase agricultural output without disrupting business activities. I also want you to work with the Federal Agencies and the service providers in ensuring that broadband infrastructure is made available all over the country. Information and Communication Technology is the future of work and we must not allow ourselves to be left behind.

23. Let me restate the high expectations on NEC as a veritable source of articulating policies and programmes that are expected to drive growth and development, secure our environment and take the country to the next level. Your Excellencies, the challenges that confront us in the next few years, especially in the areas of security, human capital development and employment for our youths are monumental and historic. But we are more than equal to the task.

24. I have the honour and privilege to formally inaugurate the National Economic Council today, and to wish you all a very successful tenure.

NMA Criticises FG Over Non-Constitution Of MDCN

The Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, criticize Buhari for failing to re-constitute MDCN

 

The leadership of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA) has criticized the federal government for failing to re-constitute the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), almost three years after it was dissolved.

Speaking at a news conference in Abuja, President of the NMA, Francis Faduyile said the non-constitution of the regulatory body has encouraged lots of unprofessional practices in the medical sector.

Faduyile also decried the inability of the government to pay the salaries of medical doctors who work at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital and Federal Medical Centre in Umuahia, a situation the body claims has resulted in ongoing industrial action.

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Three years ago, President Muhammadu Buhari ordered the immediate dissolution of the MDCN council alongside the council of other agencies and parastatals of the Federal Government.

From then on, the NMA and other stakeholders in the medical profession had consistently reminded the government of the dangers of not constituting the Council and how it had negatively affected medical practice in Nigeria.

Dr Faduyile told journalist in September that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the NMA asked the government to urgently reinstate the council in order to enhance the operations of MDCN.

He disclosed that NEC had directed its National Officers’ Committee (NOC) to approach the courts to seek an interpretation of the statement “the Council shall be a body corporate in with perpetual succession” as clearly stated in MDCN Act Cap M8.

The NOC, according to Faduyile, was also directed by the NEC to take all necessary actions to compel the Federal Government to reconstitute the MDCN Council on or before 30th September, being the 10th weeks after a declaration and assurance by President Buhari that MDCN Council shall be reconstituted soon.

NEC To Meet Dec 14, Yari Reveals After Talks With Osinbajo

NEC To Meet Dec 14, Says Yari After Talks With Osinbajo
A file photo of the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting held at the Council Chamber of the State House in Abuja in January 2018.

 

The National Economic Council (NEC) would meet on Friday next week, to review the performance of the nation’s economy from January 2018 to date.

This is according to the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, Abdul’Aziz Yari of Zamfara State who briefed State House correspondents on Monday in Abuja.

Governor Yari made the disclosure after he led governors of Borno and Kaduna, Kashim Shettima and Nasir El-Rufai, to meet with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors.

On what was discussed at today’s meeting, he said, “It is about the NEC, discussing of the good date for the NEC because this is the end of the year and usually, we used to have extended NEC meeting and looking at who should be invited, being the last year for the election.”

The Governor added, “That is what we discussed, and we agreed that the NEC is going to be held on Friday, December 14.”

He further gave an insight into measures being put in place by the government in Zamfara to address the security challenges in the state.

Yari explained the reason behind the deposing of some traditional rulers in the state, citing alleged complicity with armed bandits and the need to fish out the culprits.

He revealed that the state government has engaged intelligence expert for investigations, stressing that more traditional rulers would be dismissed if found culpable.

“What we are trying to do is to teach a lesson because the problem we have in Zamfara State in the north-west is a kind of peculiar problem that some of the traditional rulers are supporting the banditry activities or taking advantage or taking money from them or relationship; that is very dangerous,” the governor said.

He added, “Any one that we find wanting in this, definitely he must face punishment, and we are trying to use every avenue that we have to ensure that we fish out those that are within us – within the traditional rulers and outside.

“That is why we hired intelligence; we hired the civilian JTF and all of them so that they can help us by giving us the details.”

According to Governor Yari, the government engaged about 2600 people in its resolve to tackle banditry, but this is not enough because the people are strange to the terrain.

He said they have, however, employed indigenes who would lead the security agencies to their doorsteps and were already getting positive results.

NEC Asks FG, States To Allocate 15% Of Budgets To Education

NEC Asks FG, States To Allocate 15% Of Budgets To Education

 

The National Economic Council (NEC) has asked the Federal and state governments to allocate 15 per cent of their budgets to education.

This was part of the resolutions reached during the Council’s meeting held on Thursday inside the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

Governor Mohammed Abubakar of Bauchi State who briefed reporters after the meeting revealed that NEC also called on the state governments to declare an emergency in their education sector.

He explained that the Council took the decision after it received the interim report of its ad-hoc Committee on the Revival of Education.

The report, he said, called for vigorous collaboration between the Federal and state governments to revive education in the country.

(Middle) Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, attends NEC meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on October 18, 2018.

 

The governor disclosed further that the Council nominated and approved Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki, as the chairman of its committee to check oil theft.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Youths and Sports, Solomon Dalung, said the Federal Capital Territory would host the 19th edition of the National Sports Festival.

According to Governor Abubakar, the minister told state governors at the NEC meeting to support participants from there states with kits, participation fees and security.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the NEC meeting attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha.

Chairman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Abdul’Aziz Yari, led other state governors to the meeting.

They are Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Akinwunmi Ambode (Lagos), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano), and Simon Lalong (Plateau), among others.