The Executive Council of the Federation, FEC, is expected to continue the performance appraisal and review of the progress and challenges of Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs during its meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.
PREMIUM TIMES sources said on Tuesday that at least three ministers are scheduled to brief the meeting to highlight their progress and challenges. They include the Minister of Defence, Bello Mohamed; and his counterparts in the Education and Environment ministries, Ruqayyatu Ahmed Rufai and Hadiza Mailafa respectively.
During the meeting to be presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, the Minister of Water Resources, Sarah Ochekpe, is expected to bring up the issue of the national flag off of the 2012/2013 dry season irrigation farming in the country, while Minister of Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga, would present a memo for Council approval for the ratification and acceptance of the protocol amending the World Trade Organisation, WTO, agreement on trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS) in Geneva, Switzerland since 2005.
Similarly, the Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Ama Pepple, would present a memo for discussion on the revised report of the cabinet committee to investigate the collapse of the Nigerian Navy Building in Gwarimpa, Abuja, while the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, would seek Council approval for the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition, Enforcement and Administration Bill 2012.
It is not clear whether the Council would find time to discuss the issue of the 2013 Budget Appropriation which is still awaiting the assent by the President several weeks after the National Assembly approved the proposed estimates submitted by the Presidency last October.
The council may also not discuss the controversy trailing Police poor handling of the investigations of the murder of Olaitan Oyerinde, former Principal Personal Assistant of the Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, with the governor accusing the police of complicity in the murder.