Jonathan, ministers hold last FEC meeting

Anxiety on Tuesday gripped ministers and other top government officials in Abuja ahead of the last meeting of the Federal Executive Council under the Goodluck Jonathan administration scheduled to hold on Wednesday.

According to a report by a popular media outfit the Minister of Information, Patricia Akwashiki, said President Goodluck Jonathan would dissolve his cabinet during a “valedictory session” of the FEC on Wednesday.

The minister, in a statement by her Press Secretary, Joseph Mutah, said at no time did she speak to journalists on the dissolution of the (FEC) by the President.

Akwashiki said she was surprised that a news report, which initially quoted an unnamed minister from the South- West, ended up crediting her as having made the “tendentious comment.”

The FEC is the highest decision-making body of the Federal Government and it consists of the President, the Vice President, all ministers, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, the National Security Adviser, the Head of Service of the Federation and some top presidential aides.

The council members meet every Wednesday to take decisions on national issues.

Since the tenure of the current administration expires on May 29, the council’s valedictory session has been fixed for today.

A minister, who spoke with our correspondent on the report that Jonathan might disband the FEC during its session today said he was not aware that such would take place.

He said that he was aware that some of his colleagues had been making contacts in order to confirm if such would happen during the meeting.
Another council member, who is not a minister, however, said although the President would thank members during the meeting, he might not dissolve the cabinet since he still has over a week to be in the saddle.

He said, “The news is everywhere that Mr. President may dissolve the cabinet on Wednesday (today). I have been trying to confirm this but I have not been able to do so. Let us wait and see what happens.

Among those who consulted with Jonathan on Monday evening were the Minister of Petroleum Resources, Diezani Alison-Madueke; Minister of State, Finance, Bashir Yuguda; Director-General of the Bureau of Public Procurement, Emeka Eze; and the Chief Economic Adviser to the President, Nwanze Okidegbe.

Source: The Punch