Barring any last-minute change in its plan, the Executive Council of the Federation, otherwise known as FEC, will, for the first time in a long time, not award any contract at its every Wednesday meeting.
FEC is known more for its weekly contract award ritual than for any serious deliberation on important national matters.
Observers have criticized the cabinet for making contract awards the most important aspect of its deliberation, at times restricting discussions to only that activity even while the country burns.
However, a usually reliable presidency source says no contract will be handed out at Wednesday’s (today) meeting.
“Except they smuggle it in the last minute, there will be no awards of contracts today,” our source said.
He said four issues have been listed for discussions. They include a presentation by Galaxy Backbone on the planned integrated electronic document management and council automation system for FEC.
President Goodluck Jonathan will thereafter present to cabinet the report of the 41st Conference of the Civil Service Commissions in the Federation held in Port Harcourt in June.
It is not clear how the presentation of the conference’s report became the responsibility of the President, rather than that of the head of service of the federation or the secretary to the government of the federation.
The minister of science and technology, our source said, will also present to council, the report of the 6th German-African Energy Forum held in Hamburg, Germany, as well as that of a visit to a private German firm, Lahmeyer International in June.
Also to be tabled for discussion, by the minister of youth development, is the report of the 2012 World Youth Ministers Forum in South Korea in July.