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New Cabinet: Jonathan tells ministers to stay on

BY DANIEL IDONOR

ABUJA – AS earlier reported by Vanguard, President Goodluck Jonathan, rather than dissolve the Federal Executive Council, FEC, yesterday, directed his ministers to continue in office pending further directive.

At the weekly FEC session, Jonathan, who presided over the last meeting in this dispensation, at the Council Chamber of the State House, thanked the cabinet members for their contributions so far, even as he urged them to stay put till further notice.

Addressing State House Correspondents on the outcome of the valedictory meeting,  which lasted for about two hours, Information and Communications Minister, Labaran Maku, said, “The last council meeting has been held but the executive council remains, it has not been dissolved.” He, however, did not give reason for the extension.

Maku, who was accompanied at the briefing by the Education Minister, Ruqayyatu  Rufa’i; Aviation, Fidelia Njeze; Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Idi Hong; Minister of State for Commerce, Josephine Tapgun and  minister of State for Finance,  Yabawa Wali, said the meeting  took stock of activities in the last one year and concluded that the administration had initiated enough programmes for national transformation.

According to him, “In this last session, Council took a look at the running of government in the last four years and members of Council offered their views on anything of interest to the nation.”


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