Buhari’s handover deadline to ministers expires

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has presided over the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, as the deadline given to cabinet members for submission of handover notes expires.


President Muhammadu Buhari had on April 17 asked for a comprehensive “status reports on policies, programmes and projects” from cabinet members on their respective ministries, departments and agencies.


The deadline for submission of the reports to the Presidential Audit Committee in the office of the Vice President was April 24.


The 9th and 10th FEC meetings were rescheduled for April 25 and May 2 respectively in view of the Easter break and May Day celebrations.

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More so, ministers were directed to “ensure that all outstanding memoranda they intend to present to FEC are submitted to the Cabinet Affairs Office, in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, not later than April 30.’’


No fewer than 21 ministers alongside the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, and the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, were in attendance.


Buhari, who is on a visit to Borno, will depart for the UK later in the day.


Meanwhile, indications have emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari is likely to retain his present cabinet as constituted till the tail end of the current administration.


This indication was given by the minister of Culture and Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed who told State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting in Abuja on Thursday that the president will retain his ministers till at least May 22, 2019.