Continuing with his economic and administrative reforms President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday changed the 24-year tradition of holding the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting from Wednesday to Monday as he presided over the Council’s inaugural meeting. The President charged his cabinet members that government officials to prioritize the interest and welfare of Nigerians
Continuing with his economic and administrative reforms President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday changed the 24-year tradition of holding the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting from Wednesday to Monday as he presided over the Council’s inaugural meeting.
The President charged his cabinet members that government officials to prioritize the interest and welfare of Nigerians and their conduct must reflect the prudence and Sacrifice of Nigerians at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting recorded full attendance as it was attended by Vice President Kashim Shettima, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume, and the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Folasade Yemi-Esan and the 45 newly sworn-in Ministers.
Others at the meeting included the Chief of Staff to the President, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, the new ministers as well as other top government functionaries.
The President said his priority areas are defined in the economic agenda of his administration and that all ministers must focus on the goals of how to reform the economy, strengthen national security for peace and security, reform the energy and power sector, Nigerians must become a productive country and not a mere consumption economy.
The council’s role, according to the Ministers’ Statutory Powers and Duties Act, is to serve as an advisory body to the president, who serves as its chairman. The Council has a constitutional role in advising the president to determine the direction of government, although the president is the ultimate executive decision-maker.
The FEC is the cabinet of the federal government and is part of the executive branch with the role to serve as an advisory body to the president, who serves as its chairman.
Members of the cabinet are appointed and report to the president.
President Tinubu at the meeting charged FEC members to work hard and be committed to creating a buoyant economy that will serve every Nigerian.
President Tinubu told FEC members including ministers to work hard, saying that the expectations of Nigerians are very high and underperformance won’t be tolerated.
The President also restated his government‘s policy agenda which include reforming the economy to deliver sustainable and inclusive growth, and strengthen national security for peace and prosperity.
He noted that the country would rely on the experience, skill, intellect and networking of those that had been appointed to make headway in the challenging times, and failure would not be explained away under his watch.
“You and I know that expectations are high, and these are tough times. We must work hard and move ourselves to create a buoyant economy that will serve Nigeria. We have an employment rate that is unacceptable, and we are facing threats from climate change.
“In order to turn things around, you have been selected to perform your utmost best. Our policy implementation will reform the economy, ensure inclusive growth, and strengthen security for peace and prosperity. Without security, there can be no investment,” the President said.
Also on Monday,the President directed that henceforth, government officials and government expenditure must reflect the prudence and sacrifice being made by well-meaning Nigerians across the nation.
A statement issued in Abuja on Monday by Mr. Ajuri Ngelale Special Adviser to the President (Media & Publicity) said:” as part of a broader effort to reduce the cost of governance in Nigeria, President Bola Tinubu has directed the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to freeze the processing of visas for all government officials seeking to travel to New York for the United Nations General Assembly without proof of direct participation in UNGA’s official schedule of activities.
“To prevent any sharp practice in this regard, the US Mission in Nigeria is accordingly guided on official visa processing while Nigeria’s Permanent Mission in New York is further directed to prevent and stop the accreditation of any government official who is not placed on the protocol lists forwarded by the approving authority.
“By this directive of the President, all Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies are mandated to ensure that all officials, who are approved for inclusion in the UNGA delegation, strictly limit the number of aides and associated staff partaking in the event. Where excesses or anomalies in this regard are identified, they will be removed during the final verification process.
“The President wishes to affirm that, henceforth, government officials and government expenditure must reflect the prudence and sacrifice being made by well-meaning Nigerians across the nation.