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  • Updated: May 16, 2024

Shettima chairs 141st NEC meeting in Abuja

Shettima chairs 141st NEC meeting in Abuja

Vice President Kashim Shettima is currently presiding over the 141st meeting of the National Economic Council (NEC at the State House in Abuja.

Allnews.ng gathered that the vice president, governors from each of the 36 states in the federation, the governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the minister of finance, and other stakeholders make up the NEC, a statutory body tasked with advising the president on economic affairs.

Unlike the other three virtual meetings, this one is being conducted in person and is attended by several state governors and their deputies.

Recall that on March 21, during the 140th meeting of the council, reports were presented by sixteen state governors endorsing the creation of state police. They also proposed constitutional modifications to ensure a seamless adoption.

Stanley Nkwocha, the vice president's spokesperson, noted that the NEC is still waiting for reports from 20 additional states, but he is certain that they will provide their support.

Meanwhile, Nigeria's administration, led by President Bola Tinubu, has stated that all users of federal airports across the country would be required to pay tolls at airport gates.

This was one of the clearances given by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) following its meeting in Abuja on Monday and Tuesday.

Bayo Onanuga, President Tinubu's Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, stated in a list of FEC approvals that no one is immune from paying tolls at federal airport gates, including the President and Vice President.

He stated that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has also authorised the provision, installation, and training of crippled aircraft recovery system operators at Lagos' Murtala Muhammed Airport.

Onanuga further claimed that the deal for Murtala Muhammed Airport will cost N4.2 billion, with a comparable contract issued for Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in 2021.

Onanuga stated, "After exhaustive deliberations, the council approved several policies and projects that will further boost the economy, facilitate investments and promote the ease of doing business in the country.

“FEC approved that all users of Federal airports all over the country must now pay tolls at the gates. No one is excluded. The President and Vice President of Nigeria will also pay the toll."

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