As Buhari is away in Dakar, Osinbajo presides over FEC in Abuja
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the State House, Abuja as he continues to concentrate on governance as directed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Osinbajo who presided over the first FEC meeting of 2023 last week is deputizing for President Buhari who departed Nigeria on Tuesday for the second edition of the International Conference on Agriculture (ICA) in Dakar, Senegal.
The meeting which is holding at the Council Chambers is attended by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan; and the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari.
Other cabinet members at the FEC meeting are ministers of Finance Zainab Ahmed; Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Aviation, Hadi Sirika; Youth and Sports, Sunday Dare and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
Others are Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo; Health, Osagie Ehanire; Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Agriculture, Mohammad Abubakar; Niger Delta, Umana Umana; Transportation, Mu’azu Sambo and Environment, Mohammed Abdullahi; Federal Capital Territory, Mohammed Bello; and Women Affairs, Pauline Tallen.
Buhari had directed Osinbajo and Mustapha be left out of the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council.
“Mr. President has specifically directed that the Vice-President and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha should be left out of the Campaign Council to concentrate on the governance of the country and administration of Government.
“As a responsible Party and Government, all the key functionaries of government cannot abandon their positions for electioneering campaigns. The APC has the mandate of the Nigerian people to administer the country on their behalf at least till May, 29, 2023, and this we intend to do with all sense of responsibility,” Festus Keyamo, the spokesperson for the APC presidential campaign council said in a statement on September 24, 2022.