Shettima presides over NEC meeting as governors gather, adjourns without briefing

Vice President Kashim Shettima

The National Economic Council (NEC) meeting, led by Vice President Kashim Shettima, concluded, Thursday, May 16, 2024, in Abuja without the usual press briefing to State House Correspondents. 

An aide to the Vice President, who opted not to speak on camera, disclosed that the meeting had been adjourned. Despite this, no definitive date for the subsequent meeting was provided.

Among the attendees at the meeting were various state governors, including Babagana Zulum of Borno State; Uba Sani of Kaduna State; Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State; Umaru Bago of Niger State; Otu Bassey of Cross River State; Charles Soludo of Anambra State; Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Sheriff Oborevwori of Delta State; Abba Yusuf of Kano State; Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State; Dikko Radda of Katsina State; Abdulrahman Abdulrazak of Kwara State; Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State; and Umar Namadi of Jigawa State.

Additionally, Governors Usman Ododo of Kogi State, Francis Nwifuru of Ebonyi State, Kefas Agbu of Taraba State, Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, and Alex Otti of Abia State were also present at the NEC meeting. 

While some deputy governors represented their respective governors, Rivers State Governor Siminalayi Fubara was notably absent, with no visible representative in attendance. 

The governor, instead, was reportedly engaged in the flag-off ceremony for the construction of the Elele-Omoku Road in Rivers State.

This 141st NEC Meeting convened after a lapse of over a month since the previous session. Notably, two of the preceding meetings were conducted virtually and chaired by the Vice President.

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