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How Jonathan runs FEC meetings

*Ministers adjusts to reality of Yar’Adua’s absence
*More now speak regularly to prove relevance

 Vice President Goodluck Jonathan with other federal ministers at a recent Federal Executive Council,FEC meeting.
Vice President Goodluck Jonathan with other federal ministers at a recent Federal Executive Council,FEC meeting.

Some members of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) are beginning to adjust to the reality of the long absence of President Umaru Yar’Adua from the country and especially the weekly meetings of the council currently chaired by Vice President Goodluck Jonathan.

Although the meetings are scheduled to commence at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, they sometimes don’t start until 12 noon because some of the ministers have formed the habit of “ambushing” the President for various reasons before the meeting.

But with Jonathan, according to Sunday Vanguard sources, there is little, if any at all, of such ambushing.

Thus the meetings now start promptly at 10 a.m..

Besides, it was gathered that some ministers who were hitherto showing little interest in debates now appear to have found their voice as they all want to prove their relevance in government.

Sunday Vanguard gathered that the President’s absence has not hindered Vice President Jonathan from giving approval to or standing down memos debated by the council.

One of the sources wondered why work would slow down in any ministry on account of the President’s absence.

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