President Muhammodu Buhari has postponed the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting to Thursday to allow for proper deliberation on 2018 budget.
According to the presidency’s official Twitter account, (@NGRPresident), the postponement is due to final arrangements being made to the 2018 Appropriation Bill.
“Federal Executive Council (FEC) Meeting will hold tomorrow, Thursday Oct 26. Agenda is #Budget2018, which is currently being finalized.”
The meeting is expected to be presided by President Muhammadu Buhari who arrived from a working visit to Niger.
The Minister of Budget and Planning, Udo Udoma, had in August announced that the 2018 budget estimates will be submitted to the National Assembly for consideration at the end of October.
Weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting has been postponed.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the meeting will not hold because the Eid-el-Kabir holiday deprived the ministers adequate time to prepare the documents for the meeting.
In a statement issued in Kano on Tuesday, the Minister said the two-day public holidays declared for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations left little or no time to prepare for the weekly meeting.
Last week when the meeting held, the Federal Government approved the Mambilla hydro project that will be handled by a consortium of Chinese companies at a cost of $5.79billion.
A statement from the Presidency this morning revealed that the weekly meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will not hold.
The statement put out by the president’s spokesperson, Mr Femi Adesina, said Mr. Buhari will rather receive the report of the investigation committee into the allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babachir Lawal, and the Director-General of the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Ayodele Oke.
The committee is headed by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and it will submit its report to the president in his office at noon, Mr. Adesina said.
The president had constituted the panel to investigate the corruption allegation levelled against the suspended SGF by the Nigerian senate and that against Mr. Oke by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
He was to receive the report on May 8 but his health condition deteriorated, forcing him to return to London on May 7.
Mr. Buhari returned to Nigeria on Saturday after spending 103 days in London for medical treatment.
President Muhammadu Buhari was unable to attend the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Instead, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo presided over the meeting which started at about 11am, making it the third time Osinbajo will be presiding over the meeting in recent time.
There have been reports and concerned calls about the state of health of the president who is unable to attend to some of his customary duties, including presiding over the FEC meeting.
President Buhari has been a rare sight in public functions recently, and this has been attributed to his failing health. However, his wife, Mrs Aisha Buhari took to Twitter to dispel ill-health rumours, explaining that “The President is not as ill as he is perceived to be.” Madam Buhari also appreciated Nigerians for their support and prayers over the president’s health which has been a hot button topic since February 2017.
Meanwhile, there have been calls from civil society leaders for the President to take a medical leave and get adequate treatment.