Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
The Presidency has announced that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting will not take place on Wednesday, October 3rd.
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, in a statement said the postponement was informed by “on-going political activities, particularly party primaries, in which some members of the Council are deeply involved in various states of the federation.”
This is the seventh time the FEC meeting will be postponed under the life of this administration.
The last time the council meeting was postponed was on July 18th and on June 20th the meeting was put off due to the Sallah Public Holiday and it was the day President Muhammadu Buhari signed the 2018 budget into law.
The fifth council meeting was put off due to the public holiday declared by the federal government to celebrate the Sallah, marking the end of the Ramadan month.
On Wednesday, April 4th, the meeting was put off due to the public holiday declared on March 30th and Monday, April 2nd because of the Easter celebration.
Also on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, the meeting was put off due to what the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said it was as a result of the participation of President Buhari and a significant number of ministers at the High-Level Meeting of the International Conference on Lake Chad Basin, at the Transcorp Hilton Hotel, Abuja, for the better part of that day.
On August 23rd, 2017, the FEC meeting which was supposed to be President Buhari’s first after his 103-day medical vacation, did not hold.
This was to allow the Investigative Committee headed by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, on allegations against the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal, and Director-General of National Intelligence Agency, NIA, to present its report to President Buhari.
The FEC meeting of September 6, 2017, was also cancelled due to what the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said was inadequate time to prepare the documents for the meeting.
The two day public holiday declared for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations, he said had left little or no time to prepare for the weekly meeting.