Osinbajo presides over first FEC meeting of 2023

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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the first Federal Executive Council meeting this year at the Council Chamber of the State House, Abuja.

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Present were the Secretary to Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan; and the Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Adeola Ipaye.

Before the commencement of the Council meeting, members held prayers led by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare and his Aviation counterpart, Hadi Sirika.

In an unusual development, over 20 ministers and their ministers of state attended in person.

Ministers in attendance included those of Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo; Health, Osagie Ehanire; Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Sadiya Farouk; Mines and Steel Development, Olamilekan Adegbite.

Also present were the ministers of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Agriculture, Mohammad Abubakar; Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Niger Delta, Umana Umana.

The ministers also included those of Special Duties, George Akume, Power, Abubakar Aliyu; Police Affairs, Mohammed Dingyadi; Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare; Justice, Abubakar Malami, Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo and Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi.

Others were Ministers of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mariam Katagum; Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo; Science and Technology, Henry Ikoh; Foreign Affairs, Zubairu Dada; Petroleum, Timipre Sylva.

President Muhammadu Buhari who went on an official trip to Nouakchott, Mauritania, for the Third Forum of the African Conference for Peace is expected back into the country today.

Buhari, who was honoured by the Abu Dhabi Peace Forum with ‘Award for Strengthening Peace in Africa’ on Tuesday, told other African leaders that Nigeria and other regional bodies on the continent and the rest of the world are working assiduously to deal with existential threats to the very existence of humanity.

The President also noted that the country continues to engage bilaterally and multilaterally to comprehensively win the war against the insurgency and other related terror groups through kinetic and non-kinetic approaches.