From: Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, was at Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC). She arrived at 10:45am for the meeting slated for 11:00a.m. The meeting, was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari. Alhassan had, in an interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC last week, disclosed her…
From: Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
Minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, was at Wednesday’s meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC).
She arrived at 10:45am for the meeting slated for 11:00a.m.
The meeting, was presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Alhassan had, in an interview with the Hausa Service of the BBC last week, disclosed her preference for former Vice President Atiku Abubakar against Buhari for the 2019 presidential contest.
The former gubernatorial candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), in Taraba State, in 2015 elections, who is still a cabinet member of the current administration, had maintained that she will not support President Muhammadu Buhari if he decides to run for Presidential elections in 2019.
Her party, the APC, has called for her sack.
Wednesday’s council meeting will be her first since she made her preference for the 2019 public.
She was the centre of attention at the Federal Executive Council meeting, and contrary to the expectations of newsmen, she was not snubbed by her colleagues.
Before entering the Council Chamber, she went to greet the Minister of Mines and Steel, Kayode Fayemi, who was standing with the Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and the Permanent Secretary, Jalil Arabi at the entrance of the meeting hall.
Alhassan, had on entering the Council Chambers, went round exchanging pleasantries with some of her colleagues already seated in the chamber.
Photo journalists and cameramen had a field day taking her shots as she moved round the hall.
She had first gone to the right side of the council chambers where her colleagues seated in alphabetical order facing the left side where her seat was located to exchange pleasantries. At the time she stepped in, the hall was not full.
Among those she greeted were the Minister of State for Health, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Others included the Acting SGF, Minister of Budget and National Planning, Minister of Finance.
She conferred with her colleagues around her seat before she stood up headed the direction of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, who had just walked in.
She spent few minutes chatting with Osinbajo who was listening and nodding his head, their chat ended when President Muhammadu Buhari walked into the Council Chambers at exactly 11:00a.m for the commencement of the meeting.
— 13th September 2017
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— 13th September 2017
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— 13th September 2017
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— 13th September 2017
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Entertainment— 11th September 2017
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South-West Report— 7th September 2017
At least 22 people died while 152 others sustained injuries in 74 road crashes in Ogun during the last Sallah holidays, the state road safety authority has said. Seni Ogunyemi, Commander, Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE) told the News Agency of Nigeria in Ota that 174 people and 43 vehicles were involved in the road crashes….
Abuja Metro— 13th September 2017
From Magnus Eze and Adanna Nnamani In spite of the declining fortune of the Nigerian economy, the creative industry sub-sector remained bouyant. Its 11.7 per cent growth has been quite vital to the nation’s exit from recession. Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shuaibu, Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, acting Secretary to…
Oriental News— 13th September 2017
LG workers storm Enugu, Ebonyi to seek autonomy From Obinna Odogwu (Abakaliki), Daniel Edem, Rosemary Asogwa and Jane Nwaoriaku (Enugu) Workers at the third tier – the local government – last week and the penultimate one took to the streets of the South-East states to demand for council autonomy. It was a period the workers,…
Features— 13th September 2017
By Arthur Agwuncha Nwankwo In Igbo folklore, a story is told of a certain Udekwe Uyadi, who was brutally slaughtered by his people during an inter-communal war with their neighbouring community. His road to the grave was foretold by the Chief Priest of Idemmili. Ani-Ukwu was a very large parcel of land between the two…
Literary Review— 2nd September 2017
Professor Jerry Agada’s name resonates for many reasons: he is an acclaimed writer, filmmaker, bureaucrat and an academic. A former Minister of State for Education and President, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), he is currently a visiting professor at the American-European University, Ghana. Agada isn’t delighted with the non-inclusion of creative writers during the recent…
Lifeline— 13th September 2017
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Education Review— 12th September 2017
• Economic hardship causes them cold as kids return to school By Gabriel Dike, Faith Eze and Glory Eze This is certainly a tasking and challenging time for parents and guardians as schools start the 2017/2018 academic calendar. Their kids present long list of demands they require to start the new session. Most university students…
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TSWeekend— 8th September 2017
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