- Vice president Yemi Osinbajo presided over the National Economic Council (NEC) meeting
- This would be the first time the council will ever hold a virtual meeting which was anchored from the vice president's office
- The minister of finance was physically present while the governors joined virtually from their respective states
The first-ever virtual National Economic Council (NEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo held in Abuja on Thursday, May 21, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, Premium Times reports.
Following the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting which was the fourth for the year 2020 was anchored from the Yellow Room, the office of the vice president.
Legit.ng gathered that Zainab Shamsuna Ahmed the minister of finance was present while the state governors joined the virtual meeting from their states.
According to the constitution, the country's vice president chairs the council which meets monthly to deliberate on the coordination of economic planning and programmes of various levels of government.
The council is made of the secretary to the government of the federation, Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Nigeria's 36 state governors, minister of finance, head of the civil service of the federation, and other government officials whose duties are hinged on economy.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting which is usually presided by President Muhammadu Buhari is expected to be held virtually.
The ministry of communications and digital economy disclosed that a test run of the equipment for the meeting was carried out by the minister of communications, and digital economy, Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, on Sunday, May 10.
The ministry said and Nigerian communications satellite systems will be providing a digital platform and technical support for the meeting. The ministry on its Twitter handle confirmed that the virtual FEC meeting will be chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a related development, President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, May 13, presided over the virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at State House in Abuja.
Among those who attended the meeting were the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Boss Mustapha, the secretary to the government of the federation, and the new chief of staff of President Buhari, Ibrahim Gambari.
Gambari's new office was confirmed at the FEC meeting and announced by Mustapha.
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