The presidency has reacted to a recent report of President Bola Tinubu’s failure to preside over the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting since August.
According to presidential media aide, Abdullaziz Abdullaziz, President Tinubu has other priorities other than convening FEC meetings on a weekly basis.
“I think this is not an issue because there is no specific time for FEC meetings. Nobody said there are specific provisions for FEC meetings and every government can work out things that will suit it. The most important thing is that ministers are working,” Abdullaziz said.
“In fact, the president has a different idea of the functions of the FEC because what we have seen, which a lot of experts have criticized, is how FEC reacts to contract awarding, but that is not the principle of FEC.
“He (the president) will hold the FEC, but those policy advisory and supervision kinds of functions, not the traditional way of coming every week announcing contract awards.
“There is more to FEC than contract award and the most important thing is that cabinet is in check and minsters are busy working and there is a consultation with the president. So, lack of FEC meeting doesn’t stop anything,” he said.