Nigeria’s FEC agenda for Wednesday

Dr Goodluck  Jonathan. President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Dr Goodluck Jonathan. President, Federal Republic of Nigeria.

The FEC will discuss the proposed Centenary City ahead of the centenary celebrations in Nigeria.

 

Preparations towards the proposed Nigeria centenary celebrations is a major item on the agenda of the weekly meeting of the Executive Council of the Federation, FEC, scheduled for the State House on Wednesday.

The centenary celebration is to mark the amalgamation of the Northern and Southern Protectorates by Britain in 1914 to form Nigeria.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the agenda for the meeting to be presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan includes a brief presentation by the Secretary of the Government of the Federation, SGF, Pius Anyim; on the Master Plan of the Centenary City, which members of the council are expected to discuss and agree on.

Though the country is still in a mourning mood following last Saturday’s tragic helicopter crash in Bayelsa State, which claimed the lives of the Governor of Kaduna State, Patrick Yakowa, the former National Security Adviser, Owoeye Azazi; and four others, members of FEC are expected to go ahead with the meeting that will see the presentation of the performance appraisal reports by the ministers for various ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs.

President Goodluck Jonathan had earlier cancelled an emergency meeting of the FEC scheduled for Tuesday.

During the last meeting, two ministers – Stella Oduah of the Ministry of Aviation, and her counterpart in the Ministry of Communications, Omobola Johnson, made their presentations to members.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that four ministers have been slated to brief the meeting on the performances, processes and challenges of their ministries as well as departments and agencies under their supervision during the year.

They include the Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Edem Duke; Minister of Defence, Bello Mohammed; Minister of Environment, Hadiza Malaifa, and Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu  Rufai; who is expected to also present a memo to solicit the Council approval for the take-off of the second phase of new Federal Universities in states that are yet to have them.

Other items billed for discussion at the meeting include a memo by the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, to request the approval of the Council for the country to subscribe to additional shares and selective capital increase in the World Bank under the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD, voice reform.

President Goodluck Jonathan is also expected to present a memo for Council to confirm the competence and capacity of Messrs Brunnel Engineering Inc. Limited by the Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, on the approved contract for the construction of the Code of Conduct Bureau’s headquarters in Abuja.