Tinubu inaugurates Nigeria’s National Economic Council
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has inaugurated the National Economic Council (NEC).
The Council, under the leadership of Vice President Kashim Shettima, was inaugurated at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja Thursday morning.
The president urged the NEC members to put in their best, pointing out that Nigerians are waiting eagerly for them to deliver democratic dividends.
“It is very reassuring that our citizens are behind us, but they want reforms and they want them very quickly,” stated Tinubu.
He also said “You and I asked for it. We campaigned for it. We even danced for it. So, we have no reason to complain. Members of this country are behind us. They want reforms and they want it quickly. You here are stakeholders…. Collaboration is not a crime. Please, let us do so.”
The NEC meets monthly and has the mandate to advise the president concerning the nation’s economic affairs.
The NEC is also expected to advise on measures necessary for the coordination of the economic planning efforts or programmes of the various governments.
Membership of the NEC comprises the 36 governors, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and other co-opted government officials.
No fewer than 30 governors and two deputies were in attendance at the inauguration.
They included Governors Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, Ademola Adeleke, Yahaya Bello, Biodun Oyebanji, Abdullahi Sule, Umo Eno, Peter Mbah, Bassey Otu, Caleb Muftwang, Nasir Idris, Aliyu Radda and Hycinth Alia.
The secretary to the government of the federation, George Akume, chief of staff, Femi Gbajabiamila, the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kyari and others were also in attendance.
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