—-As FG cancels today’s FEC
By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
ABUJA – PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari Tuesday said that the real impact of coming out of recession will be better felt when ordinary Nigerians experience a change in their living conditions.
This is as the Federal Government has announced the cancellation of today’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting because of the Eid-el-Kabir holiday which did not give ministers time to prepare documents for the meeting.
Speaking on the country’s exit from recession, President Buhari, who received the President of Niger, Alhaji Mahamadou Issoufou, at his country home in Daura, Katsina State expressed his excitement on the cheering news that the country was finally out of recession, adding that the real gain should be improved conditions for Nigerians.
In a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, the President while fielding questions from newsmen said, “Certainly I should be happy for what it is worth. I am looking forward to ensuring that the ordinary Nigerian feels the impact.’’
President Buhari commended all the managers of the economy for their hard work and commitment, stressing that more work needed to be done to improve the growth rate.
He also said, “Until coming out of recession translates into meaningful improvement in peoples’ lives, our work cannot be said to be done.’’
In his remarks, the Nigerien President said he was most delighted to see President Buhari in good health, praying that the almighty God would continue to strengthen him.
President Issoufou said he used the opportunity of the visit to discuss some bilateral and regional issues with President Buhari, which included the fight against Boko Haram, the economic challenges in the Lake Chad Basin and other developmental concerns that directly affect the livelihood of the citizens of both countries.
The Nigerien President was accompanied on the visit by a former Prime Minister, Dr.Hamid Algabid, and the President of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of Niger, Moussa Moumouni Djermakoye.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has announced the cancellation of today’s Federal Executive Council, FEC, meeting which always takes place every Wednesday.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed in a statement in Kano, Tuesday said the meeting will not hold because the Eid-el-KABIR holiday deprived the ministers adequate time to prepare the documents for the meeting.
According to the minister, the two-day public holidays declared for the Eid-el-Kabir celebrations left little or no time to prepare for the weekly meeting.
He said that last week when the meeting held, the Federal Government approved the Mambilla hydro project that will be handled by a consortium of Chinese companies at a cost of $5.79bn.