Buhari summons emergency cabinet meeting over state of the nation

Posted by News Express | 8 April 2016 | 2,940 times

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Pressing national issues, notably the worrisome state of the economy, lingering fuel crisis, epileptic power supply and the missing Chibok girls will dominate deliberations at today’s emergency Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting called by President Muhammadu Buhari.

The meeting, to be attended by all the 36 ministers and other critical stakeholders, will hold at the State House, Abuja.

Presidency sources said that the participants will also appraise the threats by the National Association of Resident Doctors (NARD) and the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) to embark on a nationwide warning strike and protest against the continued hardships faced by Nigerians un­der the Buhari administration.

Ahead of the meeting, Buhari on Thursday appealed to the NARD not to resort to the planned strike, whilst assuring the members that he would implement agreements reached with them by previous governments.

Similarly, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has appealed to the NLC not to embark on a national protest because it will hurt more Nigerians and the economy.

Other issues said to be on the agenda of the meeting are the 2016 Budget, fresh threats by Boko Haram terrorists and the inability of troops to locate the over 200 missing Chibok schoolgirls who were abducted on April 21, 2014 by the insurgents in Borno State.

•Adapted from The AUTHORITY. File photo shows FEC members singing the National Anthem at a recent session.

Source: News Express

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