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    The Presidency says that the Federal Executive Council meeting expected to hold Wednesday, September 4 will not be possible because the ministers had been given time to study all pending memos relating to their offices before they were inaugurated.

    A statement released on Tuesday, made the disclosure to newsmen in Abuja.

    It added that such memos, earlier filed by their predecessors, had since been returned to their respective ministries for the new ministers’ inputs.

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    There has been no FEC meeting since President Muhammadu Buhari inaugurated the new cabinet on August 21.

    A statement  by the President’s Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr Garba Shehu, explained the postponement of the meeting.

    It said, “This is due to the fact that all the memos earlier submitted to the council for consideration have been returned to the various ministries.

    “This action will allow the ministers sworn in  recently to  have their inputs into the memos sent by their predecessors.

    “Similarly, the period is to enable the ministers, who are still taking briefs from bureaucrats in the ministries and familiarising themselves with their work space, to  have more time to contribute to discussions at the meeting.

    “They will also utilise the period of the break to work towards the early preparation and submission of the 2020 budget estimates.”

    Yans recalls that during their swearing-in, Buhari intimated the ministers that the FEC meeting would hold weekly.

    Meanwhile, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on Wednesday, August 28, at the Presidential Villa, presided over the first Economic Management Team (EMT) meeting of President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2nd term with the theme ‘Next Level. Agenda: Budget Issues.’

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