The second meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) will hold today at the council chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja, it was learnt last night.
The first meeting was held on August 28, one week after its inauguration on August 21.
Economy will take the centre stage at the meeting to address crucial issues and how to tame rising inflation.
Also expected to be discussed are measures put in place to mitigate the pains of subsidy removal, as well as the agreement reached with organize labour.
The meeting is also expected to ratify some of the approvals granted to ministers by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who will preside.
A senior figure in the government, who confirmed that the meeting has been scheduled, said three ministers-designate – Balarabe Lawal (Ministry of Environment), Jamila Bio Ibrahim (Ministry of Yotuh) and Ayodele Olawande (Ministry of Youth) – will be inaugurated before commencement of the meeting. Their inauguration would raise the number of cabinet members to 48.
Ministers are expected to brief the FEC on their activities so far.
The government official said last night: “It (FEC) is holding tomorrow least that’s the last I heard and likelihood of any change is really slim. Mr. President will be presiding over the FEC for the second time. It should start by 12noon and ministers are expected to have arrived before that time.”
Expected at today’s meeting are: Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF); the National Security Adviser; the Governor of the Central Bank; the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation; Chief of Staff to the President, all the ministers; and some other executive principal officers who might have roles to play.
Vice President Kashim Shettima will not be attending the meeting having travel to China to represent the president at the Third Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).
This paper reported last Friday that the government has settled for Monday for FEC meetings, a departure from what obtained under the previous administrations.
“In this dispensation, it was learnt that FEC will meet on Monday’s and might not be weekly to enable the ministers time to deliver on the assignments before them”, an official said.