Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN in a valedictory group photograph with members of the National Economic Council where Governors celebrated the Vice President and called his leadership exceptional at the Statehouse, Abuja on Thursday, April 27, 2023. Photos; Tolani Alli.


6505…Commends NEC Members For Their Commitment, Hardwork

ABUJA – Members of the National Economic Council including all State Governors, and some members of the Federal Cabinet rose from the monthly NEC meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2023 with words of commendation and praise for the Chairman of the Council, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN.

According to a release e-signed and made available to StarTrend Int’l Magazine and online – www.startrendinternational.com by Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant on Media & Publicity to the President, Office of the Vice President, the Governors and other council members who were having a physical meeting in a long time rounded up their accolades for the VP when they all rose up singing “for he is a jolly good fellow” in unision and a round of applause at the end of the meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2023 inside the Council Chambers in the Presidential Villa.

Speaking on behalf of all the 36 State Governors and under the auspices of the Nigerian Governors Forum, NGF, the Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal commended “Mr. Chairman and the Vice President for leading the council very very well and under your leadership, the NEC has been very regular and effective. You have managed the affairs of NEC with a sense of fairness and patriotism. NEC has been proactive and pragmatic under your leadership. Many atimes when the situation demands, NEC under your leadership has risen to the challenges of our national survival even beyond the scarce economic matters.

“And therefore Mr. Chairman and the Vice President, on our behalf, we congratulate you for raising the bar, for doing the nation proud and for doing very well and for serving this country in this capacity. We thank you for your leadership, you provided a level playing field for every one of us to make his contributions irrespective of our various and varying backgrounds devoid of partisanship but maintaining focus and fairly managed a platform of NEC.

“Thank you very much and we pray that God Almighty shall continue to guide you, members of your family as you continue with the journey, stepping aside. You remain indeed an asset, a reference, a rallying point for our country, as you continue to improve on issues of good governance and entrenchment of democratic action.

“Thank you very much. We thank God for your gift, we pray God continue to guide you as you serve out your term as the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Chairman of National Economic Council. On behalf of all of us, we thank you for your interventions, we thank Mr. President through you for his interventions especially at those very difficult times when states were battling a lot of challenges especially during the 2016 period when a number of states could not even pay salaries, bail outs and such other interventions really helped all of us, various states to really discharge our constitutional roles per state. The Vice President, Mr. Chairman, we thank you, we can’t thank you enough, we thank you very much.”

Earlier the Kaduna State Governor Nasir El Rufai spoke at the meeting saying the 8 years VP Osinbajo has chaired NEC has shown the Council as the best of all the executive bodies spelt out in the Nigerian Constitution.

According to him, “out of all the Federal executive bodies, only this functions according to the Constitution and this is because of the way the VP chairs the Council. I want to appreciate you and your leadership. God will reward your leadership in this country.”

He was immediately joined by the Jigawa State Governor Badaru Abubakar who said “all of us” share the sentiments expressed by Governor El-Rufai. “We thank you for your patience, support and understanding”

In a similar vein the Cross River State Governor Ben Ayade commended the Vice President’s “i want to commend you for your spirit of tolerance. I have borrowed from your maturity.”

Later at the media briefing on the outcome of today’s NEC Governors Bala Mohammed and Hope Uzodinma of Bauchi and Imo States respectively again lauded the VP in glowing terms.

In his response at the end of the meeting, Prof. Osinbajo expressed his appreciation for the gesture

His words: “Thank you very much. Your Excellencies. I’ll like to thank you very much for the singing of “He’s a jolly good fellow”. Thank you very much.

“I would like to thank Your Excellencies, members of the National Economic Council for your commitment and patriotism and the way that you have worked so hard to ensure that our country is not just properly advised by the Federal Government, but the country at all times is kept …

“I think that the stabilizing voice of the National Economic Council has already been very well acknowleged including by Mr. President himself on several occasions when he has had cause to comment on the work of the National Economic Council and your Excellencies, the governors.

“The National Economic Council has been advising especially the questions around subsidy, reports. There were also situations where the National Economic Council had to advise on very many matters concerning the economy of the country. And your advice is always objective, your advice is always genuine in the overall interest of the country.

“I must say that in very many ways, the National Economic Council in the past few years or 10 to 15 years has demonstrated that our country has quality leadership. Your political leadership has shown in very many ways, that we respect working together as a country.

” I must commend you for ensuring that in all our decisions, the unity of our country has played the most important role. So I’d like to thank you very much for working with us in the past 8 years or so and I pray that all of you, more than you think, will be rewarded by the Almighty God for your contributions to your states and to our nation. I also pray for those who are continuing and all those who are coming in that you will experience next year, a year of congratulation.”

The Vice President also presented a Legacy Document of NEC in the last eight years at today’s meeting.

According to him “The Legacy Document is a report of the activities of the National Economic Council from 2015 to 2023. It is of course a summary of all the activities including the major contributions of the National Economic Council from 2015 to 2023.

*Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN launches the Nigeria National Economic Council Legacy Report at the Valedictory National Economic Council Meeting in the Statehouse, Abuja on Thursday, April 27, 2023. Photos; Tolani Alli.

So on your behalf it is my very special privilege to officially present the National Economic Council Legacy Report of 2015 to 2023. Thank you all very much.”

Also today at the NEC meeting the Finance Minister provided an update on the issue of fuel subsidy disclosing that the Council agreed on the need to remove the subsidy in an orderly and well considered way.

She said it had been decided at the Transition Council with members from the Buhari Administration and the incoming administration that the fuel subsidy would not be removed during the transition period.

NEC also had a section of the meeting to hold the Annual General Meeting of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority as the Governors are the members of the NSIA Governing Council.

The Chairman, Board of Directors of the NSIA Mr. Farouk Gumel and the Managing Director/CEO Mr. Aminu Umar-Sadiq made presentations to the Council. NEC then received the NSIA reports and approved Management prayers thus:
* Continued support to the growth of NSIA -such as injection of capital in NSIA & support NSIA to explore alternative sources of capital to further drive its mandates
*Continued support for the strengthened governance of NSIA.

The Council also received the NSIA Consolidated & separate financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2022 which was presented by a representative of the PWC which authored the statements.

Council also received presentations on the Ad-Hoc Committee of NEC on Flood Relief and from the NEC’s Human Capital Development unit.

According to the Jigawa State Governor who chairs the Ad-Hoc Committee 16 States have sent in the required report of the extent of damage ocassioned by flooding across this country during the last raining season.

He said however a further extension of one week would be granted States who have not yet sent in their reports.

*Governors of the 36 States sing, commended and celebrated Vice President Yemi Osinbajo SAN’s leadership as the Chair of the National Economic Council at the Valedictory National Economic Council Meeting where he chaired his last as Vice President Of The Federal Republic of Nigeria at the Statehouse, Abuja on Thursday, April 27, 2023. Photos; Tolani Alli.

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