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Communication ministry to give draft policy on 5G network at FEC – Pantami.

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The public hearing was organised by the Senate Joint Committees on Communication, Science and Technology, ICT, Cyber-Crime and Primary Health Care.

The Ministry of Communication and Digital Economy, says it plans to present a draft national policy on the Five Generation network (5G) at the Federal Executive Council for consideration.

Minister of Communication and Digital Economy, Isa Pantami said this at an investigative hearing on the status and impact of the 5G network in Nigeria on Thursday in Abuja.

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The public hearing was organised by the Senate Joint Committees on Communication, Science and Technology, ICT, Cyber-Crime and Primary Health Care.

Pantami said the presentation of the draft policy would be done at the end of research on the 5G network.

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“We have not gotten there, whether we will deploy 5G, but we are on track conducting research, investigations, engaging stakeholders and definitely if all issues are addressed, the executive will support the deployment of 5G in Nigeria.

“We are not operating in circles, the Nigerian telecommunication sector is part and parcel of the International Telecommunication Union(ITU).

“Where issues of telecommunication technology and its impacts are been discussed.

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” At the international level, we are in the process of compiling our final position.

“And most of our position will be part of the draft national policy which will be presented at the Federal Executive Council. (FEC),” he said.

He said the primary concern of the government was to ensure the security and welfare of Nigerians, even in their activities in the telecommunication sector.

He said the trial on the impact of 5G in Nigeria was approved by the Federal Government in some selected cities like Abuja, Kano, Lagos, Ibadan, Abeokuta and Calabar.

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“On Sept. 25, 2019, we conducted the first trial on 5G in Nigeria. In order to demonstrate trust and prove leadership by example.

” I personally pledged to make a trial so if there is any security implication or medical implication, then I would be number one victim.

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“And if there is any relationship with COVID-19, I will be the first victim, to date I have not contracted the virus. And I did a test up to ten times, so I did the trial personally.

“The position is that we are almost at the final stage. So now, Nigeria is ready for 5G as long as we address the major challenges,” he said.

Pantami added: “The only issue being raised is about radiation, but people don’t realise that the radiation of 4G is more harmful than that of 5G.

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“The radiation of microwave oven at home is more harmful than that of the 5G.

“The radiation of even the smartphone itself is even more harmful than that of 5G.”

President of Senate, Ahmed Lawan, while declaring the event open said that the investigative hearing was crucial given the controversy surrounding the 5G network.

“We all remember the surrounding disagreements, following the outbreak of the COVID-19.

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“It was one controversy that needed clarifications, not just from the government or the public sector, but from the private sector,” he said.

He said there were concerns that COVID-19 was associated with the deployment of the 5G communication network.

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Breaking: FEC agrees over N60bn for major roads.

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Adamu said council approved the Fika Gadaka Water Project in Yobe State, saying the project, which started in 2003, was abandoned in 2007 at 30 per cent completion.

Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, approved N62.047b contracts to facilitate the completion of several projects across the country.

Briefing State House Correspondents at the end of FEC, Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, his Federal Capital Territory (FCT) counterpart, Mohammed Bello and Water Resources Minister, Suleiman Adamu, gave details of the figures attached to the projects.

Fashola said council approved all four memoranda he presented on the Benin-Ore-Ajebandele Road, particularly the Adebamdele-Shagamu section, saying the contract was first awarded in 2014 by the previous administration.

He explained that the specifications needed to be changed to complete the project, particularly the shoulders and pavement as originally conceived to support the kind of trucks and tonnage on the expressway.

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The minister pointed out the redesign of the shoulders and pavement provision necessitated a revised estimated cost of N22.8b from the initial N71.6b to N92.5b, adding that the FEC also approved contract for the Akwanga-Keffi-Makurdi highway, among others.

Speaking, Bello disclosed that his ministry presented five memoranda, all of which were approved, including review of the N19.5b Southern Parkway project Institute and Research District, Abuja, Housing National Defense College, Legislative Institute at N3.4b and eight months completion period.

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“The FEC approved contract for the access road and car park for Abuja Light rail stations, Kagini Station at N1.8b to be completed in 12 months and upward review of the contract sum for the Southern Parkway from Christian Centre (S8/S9) to Ring-road from N16.2b to N19.5b to be delivered in 24 months, among others,” he said.

On his part, Adamu said council approved the Fika Gadaka Water Project in Yobe State, saying the project, which started in 2003, was abandoned in 2007 at 30 per cent completion.

He noted that the FEC also approved the revision of the consultancy contract for the supervision of Gere Earth Dam in Katsina, which he said, was also an inherited project.

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“Council in 2018 approved the revised estimated total cost for the project towards its completion and so it also makes sense that the consultants supervising the projects should also have their services extended.

“FEC also approved the extension of consultancy services of Emplan Group by another 36 months with an increase of N310m for consultancy fees,” he added.

MEANWHILE, the FEC observed a minute’s silence in honour of the late former Governor of Lagos State, Alhaji Lateef Jakande.

Before the commencement of the virtual meeting, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha invited members to honour the deceased, who served in the council between November 1993 and March 1995 as Minister of Works and Housing.

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Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo, six ministers and some senior aids of the President Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Maj.-Gen Babagana Monguno (rtd.) were physically present the meeting.

Head of Service of the Federation, Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan and other ministers participated virtually from their offices in Abuja.

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President Buhari hails FEC over approval of N8bn for Damaturu dam project.

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Mala-Buni said that the project, approved by the Federal Executive Council, on Wednesday, would tremendously contribute to solving water scarcity in Damaturu

Gov. Mai Mala-Buni of Yobe has commended the Federal government for approving N8 billion for the construction of a dam in Damaturu to boost water supply, according to Alhaji Mamman Mohammed, his Director General, Press and Media Affairs.

In a statement, in Damaturu, Mala-Buni said that the project, approved by the Federal Executive Council, on Wednesday, would tremendously contribute to solving water scarcity in Damaturu, the state capital and its environs, as well as complement the state government’s efforts of finding a lasting solution to the problem.

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“I want to specially appreciate president Muhammadu Buhari and the federal executive Council for considering and approving the completion of this very important project that would touch the lives of our people.

“This is another dividend of democracy extended to Yobe state by the President Muhammadu administration.

“It is important to us because, Damaturu has, over the years, increased in size and population, and is in need of a corresponding water supply.

“The state government has continuously been making efforts to improve water supply across the state to meet the water needs of the people” he said.

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Gov. Mala-Buni assured of the cooperation of the state government and people of the state in ensuring the successful completion of the project.

The governor further said a committee on the rehabilitation of water facilities had been constituted and supported with a massive intervention, which had improved water supply in all the major towns of the state.

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Just in: FEC approves N1.6bn for e-Gov’t procurement platform. [Nigeria]

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E-government procurement is a global trend and from the research carried out by the World Bank, it had been established that countries that have taken off with e-government procurement have witnessed exponential economic growth and they have stimulated ICT in those countries

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday approved N1.6billion for the establishment of the e-Government Procurement Platform to address corrupt practices in the government’s procurement system.

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Enterprises, Mamman Ahmadu, said the new platform would help eliminate corruption as well as enhance the country’s procurement process.

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He said: “Today, BPP presented a memo on e-government procurement. E-government procurement has the potential of improving the procurement process, eliminate corruption, and reduce the leak time in the procurement process itself.

“There have been a lot of complaints about the long time it takes to go through the due process. With the establishment of this, we will reduce that time.

“It also removes subjectivity from the process. There have been lots of complaints about subjectivity in the approval process that will be dealt with squarely when it is eventually launched,” he said.

According to him, the step taken by the government is in line with the current global trend.

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“E-government procurement is a global trend and from the research carried out by the World Bank, it had been established that countries that have taken off with e-government procurement have witnessed exponential economic growth and they have stimulated ICT in those countries.

“It will reduce corruption to the barest minimum because it will reduce the human interface within the process. The overall cost is about N1.6 billion,” he said.

The Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman, who also addressed the correspondents on the outcome of the meeting, said the Council approved Nigeria’s contribution of two million dollars for the West African Power Pool (WAPP)

He expressed the hope that the contribution would in turn generate income for Nigeria, to cushion the dwindling oil revenue.

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According to him, the power pool being a common entity of countries in West Africa, plays a role of coordination and synergy among countries, as well as boosting electricity supply in the region.

Mamman also said the regional power pools would be of great assistance in case the national grid of any of the member states fails.

“The pool is about having synergy within the West African region. The decision has been taken by ECOWAS, it’s for the generation of electricity in the region, so as to have a more constant and steady power supply.

“It’s like the national grid in Nigeria, so we are going to have a regional grid. It means in case there is a failure in one country, another can supplement it. The $2 million is a contribution,” he said.

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Also shedding more light on the electricity pool, the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed said all ECOWAS countries had been contributing annually to the cost of transmission of electricity in the region, since the establishment of WAPP in 1999.

He said: “The West African power pool is made up of all west African countries because each member state contributes annually to the cost of power transmission across the pool. Because the consequence is that if there is a problem in one country it could inadvertently affect the other country.

“It’s a common pool and every country has its own section and our contribution for this year is $2 million.

“It’s not as if we are giving two million dollars to ECOWAS, we are simply paying our own contribution to the transmission from Nigeria to other West African countries and viz-visa.”


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Present 2021 Budget on 8th of October – Buhari writes NASS.

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President Buhari has written to the National Assembly informing lawmakers that he will be presenting the 2021 budget at a joint sitting on Thursday, October 8, 2020, by 11 am.

In a letter read by Senate President Ahmed Lawan on Tuesday at the resumption of plenary, President Buhari is requesting the audience of lawmakers in both chambers for the presentation of the budget.

The Senate is expected to consider and pass the 2021-2023 Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF and Fiscal Strategy Paper FSP before President Buhari submits the 2021 budget.

The Federal Executive Council had last Wednesday after its weekly meeting estimated the budget to be N13.08trn for the 2021 fiscal year.

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The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed this to journalists at the Presidential Villa.

The breakdown of the proposed budget is N13.08 trillion total aggregate; expenditure (29% Capex), with a deficit of N4.48 trillion; FX: N379/$; and GDP growth targeted at 3%.

She further disclosed that the President was expected to present the budget to the National Assembly with a deficit of N4.48 trillion, while the oil production rate is pegged at 1.86 million barrel per day with the oil benchmark standing at $40 per barrel.

The Federal Government is also targeting the inflation rate at 11.96 per cent.


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Breaking: FEC approves lump sum for NDDC audit.

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The Federal Executive Council has approved N722.3 million for eight field forensic auditors to audit the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC).

The payment will come directly from the Presidency as the National Assembly is on break and the 2020 budget for the NDDC has not been passed.

Noble Reporters Media learnt the field auditors will also look into the 12,000 abandoned projects in the Niger Delta.

The Minister of Niger Delta, Mr Godwill Akpabio, disclosed this on Wednesday after the virtual FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The NDDC became a subject of controversy over allegations of corruption in the award of contracts and the non-payment of Nigerian scholars under the payroll of the commission.

Following this, the National Assembly invited Akpabio and the NDDC boss, Daniel Pondei to probe the activities of the agency.

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Appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on NDDC in a public hearing on July 20, Akpabio accused the lawmakers of benefitting from most contracts awarded by the commission.

File photo of President Muhammadu Buhari

However, this did not go down well them as the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila threatened a legal action should the Minister fail to name the purported lawmakers involved in the contracts.

The House also asked Akpabio, to publish the names of the members of the National Assembly who got contracts.

In a statement issued on July 28, the spokesman for the House and Committee Chairman on Media Affairs and Publicity, Benjamin Kalu, said that the minister had alleged that 60 percent of all the NDDC projects were awarded to members of the lawmakers between the months of January and May 2020.

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Kalu explained that following the claim, the leadership of the 9th House issued a 48-hour ultimatum to Akpabio to publish a list of the lawmakers.

The House spokesman revealed that the lawmakers evaluated the minister’s letter and the directive to press charges against him have not been lifted.

Also, President Buhari reacted to the controversy trailing both the commission and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

The President who spoke after the Sallah service on July 31, said some people trusted by his administration have abused the privilege.


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Just in: Buhari presides over virtual FEC meeting.

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…swears in 12 permanent secretaries


President Muhammadu Buhari has presided over the 13th weekly virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House in Abuja.

Before the commencement of the meeting on Wednesday, he swore-in 12 permanent secretaries at the Council Chambers which was witnessed by the Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.

The Head of Service of the Federation (HoSF), Dr. Folade Yemi-Esan had in June issued a statement concerning their appointment.

The newly appointed permanent secretaries and their states are Belgore Shuaib Mohammad Lomido,(Kwara); Akinlade Oluwatoyin, (Kogi); Ekpa Anthonia Akpabio, (Cross River); Alkali Bashir Nura, Kano; Ardo Babayo Kumo, (Gombe) and Anyanwutaku Adaora lfeoma, (Anambra).

President Muhammadu Buhari swears in 12 permanent secretaries

Others are: Udoh Moniloja Omokunmi, (Oyo); Hussaini Babangida, (Jigawa); Mohammed Aliyu Ganda, (Sokoto); Mahmuda Mamman, (Yobe); Meribole Emmanuel Chukwuemeka, (Abia) and Tarfa Yerima Peter (Adamawa).

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The President also swore in commissioners for Federal Civil Service Commission, Idahagbon Henry, Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission, Usman Hassan.

The newly sworn-in secretaries

Ministers physically present at the council meeting are Niger Delta; Godswill Akpabio, the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami; Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed; Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello and Water Resources, Sulieman Adamu.

Also physically attending the 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 the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major General Babagana Monguno (rted).

Meanwhile, the Head of Service of the Federation, Yemi-Esan, and some ministers virtually joined from their various offices.


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COVID-19: Buhari, FEC approves N8.49BN for test kits provision.

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved the sum of N8.49billion for the procurement of test kits by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

The approval was given at the end of its 11the virtual meeting which was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday.

Noble Reporters Media learnt the sum is meant for the procurement of 12 items in various quantities for the testing of COVID-19 in the country.

This comes after the Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire, presented a memo on behalf of the centre at the Council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The council also held a one-minute silence for late ex-Ministers, retired Rear Admiral Olufemi Olumide and retired Maj. Gen. Sam Momah.

Rear Admiral Olumide died at 82 years while Maj. Gen. Momah passed away aged 77.


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Just in: FEC honours late Sam Momah, Olufemi Olumide.

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The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday held a one-minute silence for late ex-Ministers, retired Rear Admiral Olufemi Olumide and retired Maj. Gen. Sam Momah.

Rear Admiral Olumide died at 82 years while Maj. Gen. Momah passed away aged 77.

The 11th FEC virtual meeting was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari and was held at the Council Chambers, State House, Abuja.


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Just in: FEC honors late former railway minister, Abdulrasaq

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The Federal Executive Council has honoured the late former minister in charge of railways in the first republic, Abdulganiyu Abdulrasaq.

The council while holding its 10th virtual meeting on Wednesday, observed a minute of silence, for Abdulrasaq who died on Saturday morning.

Presiding over the meeting was President Muhammadu Buhari, with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and eight ministers physically present at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

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Also in attendance was the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and the National Security Adviser, NSA, Major General Babagana Monguno (rtd).

Other ministers present were the Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister for Justice, Abubakar Malami, Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, Aviation Hadi Sirika, Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, Mohammed Mahmoud, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo and Power, Saleh Mamma.

The Head of Service, (HOS) Dr. Folasade Yemi-Esan and other ministers, participated from their various offices in Abuja.


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FEC hold 6th virtual meeting in honor of late former minister

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The Federal Executive Council is holding its sixth virtual meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

The meeting which is currently holding is being chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.

In attendance are the Vice-President, Yemi Osinbajo; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; Chief of Staff to the President, Ibrahim Gambari and 11 ministers.

The Ministers at the Council Chambers include those of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed; Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed; Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Justice, Abubakar Malami.

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Others include Niger Delta, Godswill Akpabio; Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyema; Special Duties, George Akume; Education, Adamu Adamu and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Ambassador Zubairu Dada.

President Muhammadu Buhari holds the sixth virtual FEC meeting with ministers at the Council Chambers in Abuja on July 8, 2020. Credit: State House.

Other Ministers are participating from their respective offices in Abuja.

After the national anthem, a minute silence was observed in honour of former Minister of Sports and Youth Development and former member of the National Working Committee, who served as Vice Chairman (North West), Inuwa Abdulkadir, who died on Monday.

President Buhari had earlier in a statement said that Abdulkadir’s humility, maturity and penchant for facilitating reconciliation among members will be sorely missed at a time the All Progressives Congress (APC) is rebuilding and repositioning to deliver on its promises.


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FEC approve over N8B for Frain Waterfalls work commencement as Buhari chairs meeting.


The Federal Executive Council has approved over 8 billion naira for the commencement of work at the Farin Ruwa waterfalls in Nasarawa state.

The multipurpose dam project which started in 2003 was taken over by the Federal Government in 2018.

It is to provide water for irrigation and 20 megawatts of power.

The initial project includes a 20km access road, an embankment, and spillways.

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Meanwhile, the council has also approved the consultancy service for the Abuja airport’s second runway.

The sum of 1.5 billion naira has been approved for the consultancy with a completion period of 12 months.


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COVID-19: FG indefinitely suspend FEC meeting.


The Federal Government on Monday announced the indefinite postponement of the weekly Federal Executive Council meetings.

This is just as it also announced a four-week closure of all land borders as part of measures to curtail the spread of the coronavirus.


Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, made the announcement in Abuja, on Monday.

He said the weekly FEC meeting has been suspended “until further notice”.


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Buhari presides over first FEC in 2020 ..


President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the 30th Federal Executive Council and the first for the year.

The meeting which also had in audience, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, started at 11 am prompt when President walked into the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.

The Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola said the Muslim prayer while his Labour and Productivity counterpart, Chris Ngige said the Christian prayers.

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Dabiri-Erewa: Nigeria Diaspora Policy Underway


The Chairman, Nigerian Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa, on Tuesday disclosed that a Diaspora Policy for Nigeria has been sent to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) for ratification.

She made the disclosure while fielding questions from State House Correspondents after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The next FEC meeting is likely to hold on January 22, 2020, as the next two FEC meeting days fall on New Year’s Day (January 1, 2020) and the Armed Forces Remembrance Day (January 15).


Dabiri-Erewa, who was in the Presidential Villa to brief the President on the activities of the Commission which was set up in May, expressed optimism that the document would be considered and approved by the council.

Speaking on the specific issues the Commission dealt with since it was set up, the NIDCOM boss said:
“We have dealt with a lot of issues — xenophobic attacks in South Africa and those who have returned; recently too, young Nigerians stranded in Croatia returned and we received them in the office.


“We have various engagements; we have sent the Diaspora Policy to the FEC; hopefully, it will be considered in the New Year.

“The Diaspora policy is a holistic policy that actually will guide all Diaspora engagements; it covers all aspects of Diaspora engagements.


“It will transcend virtually every ministry that has to do with Diaspora; every department and agency; already, we are working with states; 13 states have focal persons on Diaspora; there are two commissioners for Diaspora.

“Ondo State has a House Committee on Diaspora Chairman, and we hope that other states will have their focal persons because we need to also move to the sub-national governments in terms of Diaspora engagements.


“We believe that if we are able to have this policy; it will actually revolutionise a lot of things in this country.”

Dabiri-Erewa said that she briefed the President on the short, medium and long term goals of the commission.

Abike Dabiri-Erewa


She said that the President had instructed that wherever Nigerians were, their welfare should be paramount.

According to her, the Commission has adhered strictly to this directive, hence the constant engagement with Nigerians wherever they are to ensure no one is neglected.


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Buhari swear in 9 permanent secretaries.

…presides over last FEC of the year

President Muhammadu Buhari has sworn-in nine newly appointed Permanent Secretaries in the Federal Civil Service.

They were sworn in two batches of five and four before the commencement of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).

The nine permanent secretaries are: Musa Hassan from Borno State, Ahmed Aliyu, Niger State, Olushola Idowu, Ogun State, Andrew Adejoh, North – Central Zone and Umar Tijjani, North – East Zone.

Others are Dr. Nasir Gwarzo, North – West Zone, Nebeolisa victor Anakali South – East Zone, Fashedemi Temitope Peter, south-west zone and Dr. Evelyn Ngige, South – South Zone.

The President is presiding over the last FEC meeting of the year.

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N307.5Mn: FEC approves sum for vehicle operations by NAFDAC.

…meant to improve mobility.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved N307.5 million for the purchase of operational vehicles for the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

Minister of State for Health, Adeleke Mamora, briefed State House correspondents after FEC meeting, presided by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said that the vehicles were needed for effective execution of the agency’s mandate.

“These 15 vehicles are meant to improve mobility.

“You recall that NAFDAC is a regulatory agency and has a lot to do in terms of field work.

“ In order to improve mobility and enhance operational efficiency; regulation—checking so many things; claims in terms of products, drugs, food items, water production; they need to move around and confirm claims and certify.

“So, that is the need for these operational vehicles and these are Hilux vehicles, 15 in number,’’ he said.

Mamora said that the 15 Hilux vehicles would cost N307.562 million.

He said that Hilux vehicles had stood the test of time in terms of durability and ability to perform on Nigerian roads.

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PMB Presides Over FEC Meeting.. (Read..)

President Muhammadu Buhari is currently presiding over the Federal Executive Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting which started at 11am at the Council Chambers of the State House, has Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and almost all cabinet members ministers in attendance including Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd).
President Buhari returned last Friday to the country from London where he went on a private visit.
The Christian opening prayer was said by Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi while the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said the Muslim prayer.
Shortly before the commencement of the meeting, a minute silence was observed for former Secretary to the Federal Government, (SGF) Chief Ufot Ekaette, who passed last month at the age of 80 on September 25th.
A minute silence was also observed for former Minister of Information, Chief Alex Opeyemi Akinyele, who passed at the age of 81.
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