The Executive Council of the Federation will at its weekly meeting discuss issues surrounding budget implementation, following concerns raised by the House of Representative.
The meeting to be presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, would see the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, presenting a note on critical issues bordering on the implementation of the 2012 Budget implementation by the Federal Government.
Members of the House of Representatives, who have already drawn the battle line against the president, have threatened to commence impeachment proceedings against him over allegations of levity in the handling of issues concerning the Legislature-Executive relationship, particularly as they concern the implementation of resolutions and budget implementation.
Mrs. Okonjo-Iweala is also expected to present a memo seeking the approval of the Council for the review of the multi-million Naira contract for the rehabilitation of the first phase of the Ministry of Finance headquarters office complex.
Concerned about the declining standards and quality of the country’s higher education system in recent times, the Council will also ratify an agreement between the Federal Government and its Turkish counterpart on ways of remedying the situation.
A memo to that effect would be presented before the Council by the Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufa’I, who would also present the report on Nigeria’s participation in the third International Congress on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) held in Shangai, China last May.
Minister of Power, Barth Nnaji, would present memo No EC/2012/124 to request the FEC to approve the revision of contracts for the construction of 2×30/40 MVA 330/132/33KV capacity substations at Mbalano, Ohafia and Okigwe as well as the construction of the 3rd Benin-Onitsha 330KV double circuit transmission line for the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) PLC.
Mr. Nnaji is also billed to solicit FEC’s approval for repeat procurement of six 132KV and two 300MVA 330/132/33KV power transformers for the TCN, while Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Amma Pepple, would present a cabinet committee report on the collapse of the Navy Building in Gwarimpa, Abuja.
Minister of Tourism, Culture and National Orientation, Edem Duke, would present a note on Nigeria’s participation at the 13th session of the United Nations conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) held in Doha, Qatar last April.