6 September 2017
By James Ojo
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed on Tuesday announced that the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting will not hold today, Wednesday, as expected.
Disclosing this in a statement in Kano, the Minister said the postponement of the meeting was informed by this year’s Eid-el- Kabir holiday celebration.
According to him, the two day public holiday declared by the Federal Government last week has denied ministers ample time to prepare necessary documents needed for the meeting, hence the cancellation.
Meanwhile, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, has defended the decision to postpone the meeting.
According to him, the President, as FEC Chairman, is constitutionally empowered to determine when the meeting should hold, pointing out that no law stipulates that the meeting must hold weekly.
Adesina said: “There is no law that says the Federal Executive Council meeting should hold every week. There is no law that says it must be weekly. Under a past administration, it used to hold once every two weeks.
“So, there is no law that says it should hold every Wednesday. It depends on what you have on the agenda to discuss. The president is the chairman of that meeting. So, he has the discretion to hold or not to hold (the meeting).”
Cerebral Lemon recalls that the meeting which was held last week was the first to be presided over by Buhari since April after his return to the country from a 104-day medical vacation in the UK.