President Tinubu Presides Over Extended FEC Meeting in Abuja

President Bola Tinubu presides over an extended Federal Executive Council meeting to discuss pressing issues like insecurity and economic challenges. The meeting, which began on Monday, will continue into Tuesday to conclude discussions on crucial matters.

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President Tinubu Presides Over Extended FEC Meeting in Abuja

President Tinubu Presides Over Extended FEC Meeting in Abuja

President Bola Tinubu is currently presiding over an extended Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, Nigeria. The meeting, which began on Monday, May 13, 2024, will continue into Tuesday as members were unable to conclude discussions on some of the crucial issues presented.

Why this matters: The decisions made at this FEC meeting have the potential to impact the lives of millions of Nigerians, addressing pressing issues such as insecurity and economic challenges. The outcome of this meeting will likely influence the country's trajectory and stability in the coming months.

According to Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, "Today's meeting is not yet concluded, a lot of far-reaching decisions are being taken and these will be concluded tomorrow." The council is expected to make decisions on pressing matters such as insecurity, the economy, and other challenges facing the country.

Key attendees at the FEC meeting include Vice President Kashim Shettima, Secretary to the Government of the Federation George Akume, Chief of Staff to the President Femi Gbajabiamila, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan, and many of the ministers. This marks the fifth FEC meeting since January 2024.

Shortly before the commencement of the meeting on Monday, President Tinubu swore in two new commissioners of the National Population Commission (NPC), Mr. Fasuwa Johnson from Ogun State and Dr. Amid Tadese Raheem from Osun State. This brings the total number of NPC commissioners sworn in to 19, with 9 of them reappointed for a second term.

The council also observed a minute of silence in honor of two deceased former cabinet members, Prof. Fabian Osuji, who served as Minister of Education from July 2003 to March 2005 and passed away on February 28, 2024, at the age of 82, and Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, who served as Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation and passed away on April 11, 2024, at the age of 72.

Minister Idris explained that the FEC meetings have been moved to Mondays, as opposed to the traditional Wednesdays, and will only convene when there are memoranda to consider. If there are no issues to discuss, the meeting will be skipped to the following week.

As the extended FEC meeting continues on Tuesday, Nigerians await the outcome of the deliberations and the far-reaching decisions that will be taken to address the nation's challenges. The council's commitment to tackling these issues head-on reflects the Tinubu administration's determination to steer the country towards progress and stability.

Key Takeaways

  • President Tinubu presides over extended FEC meeting to address Nigeria's pressing issues.
  • Meeting to continue into Tuesday, with decisions to impact millions of Nigerians.
  • Key issues include insecurity, economy, and other national challenges.
  • This is the fifth FEC meeting since January 2024, with new commissioners sworn in.
  • FEC meetings now held on Mondays, with a focus on tackling urgent matters.