19 February 2013

Nigeria: This Is FEC Agenda for Wednesday, Feb. 20

FEC members will converge for their weekly meeting on Wednesday.

President Goodluck Jonathan will on Wednesday present a memo to the Executive Council of the Federation, FEC, meeting on curbing the growing incidents of abuse of traffic laws including the use of sirens, flasher lights and ambulances in the country.

The convoy of top government officials are known to be the greatest culprit of these abuse.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt that the president decided to bring the issue before members of the Council to find a lasting solution to the problem.

During the meeting, to be attended by all ministers and other top government officials at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the president is also expected to seek approval for the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (2012 to 2016).

The Minister of Information, Labaran Maku, is scheduled to present a memo requesting members' endorsement of the Federal Ministry of Information as the sole coordinator of all publicity programmes involving government ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs.

Mr. Maku is expected to join the Minister for Health, Onyebuchi Chukwu, in addressing Council on their performance appraisal report of their respective ministries.

The Minister of Education, Ruqayyatu Rufai, is expected to present the report on the signing of the agreement to establish an International Centre for Biotechnology at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, under the auspices of the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO. The agreement was signed in Paris, France, in October last year.

The Chairman of the National Planning Commission, Shamsuddeen Usman, is billed to present a Council note to members on the key recommendations and conclusions of the 2012 conference of directors of Planning, Research and Statistics, PRS, in the public service of the federation.

The Minister of Women Affairs, Zainab Maina, will also present a note on the recent visit to Nigeria of the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations, Michelle Bachelet; and the Executive Director of the United Nation's entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, UNWOMEN.

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