Buhari to dissolve FEC May 22

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President Muhammadu Buhari is to dissolve the Federal Executive Council (FEC) May 22 just five days to the end of his first tenure on May 29.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, disclosed this while briefing State House correspondents on the outcome of FEC meeting on Wednesday.

He said the President will preside over a valedictory session with members of the council on May 22nd after which the cabinet will be dissolved ahead of his inauguration.

Mohammed said until then, FEC remains intact.

Wednesday’s meeting of the council was presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the presidential villa, Abuja.

The government’s spokesman said as directed by President Buhari, ministers are preparing their handover notes to be submitted to Permanent Secretaries in their respective ministries before the dissolution of the cabinet.

He said: ”We will be having a valedictory session on 22nd May. The cabinet remains intact.”

President Buhari had last week, given the ministers a week to turn in their comprehensive status report of their ministries’ policies and projects to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF).

Meanwhile, Wednesday’s FEC approved N52 billion for e-border solution to monitor the country’s porous borders.

It also approved a N202.6 million augmentation for the completion of two dams in Katsina (Ingawa Dam) and Plateau (Mangu Dam).

Similarly, the council approved N652,318,104 for the training and starter packs for 1,500 beneficiaries in N-Creative Trainees in the Northern states of Nigeria. It also approved N325,489 million for training and starter packs for 2,000 beneficiaries for the southern states.

Briefing correspondents, Interior minister, Lt. Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau (rted), said the N52 contract will cover 86 border posts and all the 1,400 illegal routes being used for smuggling and other crimes.

According to him, the pilot system has already been installed at two border posts.

He added that information will be available real-time 24 hours a day and seven days a week.

He said: “You will be recalled that when we came, I made the observation that our borders are very porous and diverse and that it is impossible to man these borders physically. Therefore, there is a need for modern technology to be able to monitor our borders. We also thought of the capacity to respond to emergencies at the borders.

“It is on this note that I presented a memo today for this eBorder solution. This process started in 2012 but we picked it up to move forward when we came in. The project is to be completed within the next two years and it will cost about N52 billion.

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