- The FEC meeting on Wednesday, May 19, started with a sober mood
- Attendees began the meeting with a minute silence in honour late Hajiya Aisha Jummai Alhassan
- Mama Taraba, as she was popularly known, had served as a minister of women affairs
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A former minister of women affairs, late Hajiya Aisha Jummai Alhassan, was accorded a minute silence as respect at the council chamber in Abuja on Wednesday, May 19.
This took place during the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
The development was announced by a presidential media aide, Bashir Ahmad via his verified Twitter page.
"Today, at the commencement of this week’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, presided over by Vice President, Prof. Osinbajo, a moment of silence was observed in honor of the former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Aisha Jummai Alhassan, who passed away last week."
The meeting was attended by some ministers and the chief of staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, Ibrahim Gambari.
Secretary to the Government of the Federation 9SGF)Boss Mustapha and the head of the civil service of the federation, Folashade Yemi-Esan, were also present.
Earlier, Mama Taraba had been reported dead. Suleiman Dantsoho, her former media aide, confirmed the death. He said the former minister died at a Cairo hospital on Friday, May 7.
Meanwhile, FEC on Wednesday, January 20, approved the new retirement age for teachers which was fixed at 65 years henceforth.
The FEC meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari, approved the Harmonized Retirement Age for Teachers Bill.
The bill was to be sent to the National Assembly for consideration and approval. Among other things, the bill seeks to give legal backing to new measures by President Buhari's administration to enhance the teaching profession in Nigeria such as the introduction of bursary awards, including special rural posting allowances.
The decision of the FEC was made known to journalists by the minister of education, Adamu Adamu, in Abuja on Wednesday.