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Tinubu, Shettima Present As FEC Meeting Enters Second Day

President Bola Tinubu, has begun the second leg of its meeting, which began on Monday, 13th of March.

The President, Vice President Kashim Shettima and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, are among council members seated for Tuesday’s session which began at minutes past 12:00 noon at the Council Chamber of the State House.

It was gathered that the council considered at least 32 memoranda on Monday. However, the meeting was adjourned till Tuesday to allow for other “far-reaching” decisions to be disclosed later today.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, announced the adjournment, saying, “Today’s council meeting is not yet concluded. The council meeting will continue tomorrow.

“Therefore, there’ll be no press briefing today. A lot of far-reaching decisions are being taken and the conclusions will be made available to you tomorrow.”

Part of the decisions reached on Monday, the Presidency announced, was a mandate to all government Ministries, Departments and Agencies, to, going forward, procure only vehicles and generators powered by Compressed Natural Gas.

The Federal Government also expects it’s MDAs to begin converting all petrol or diesel-powered vehicles or generators to CNG.

The new directive is “in line with his commitment to ensure energy security, drive utility, and cut high fuel costs,” a statement signed by Tinubu’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ajuri Ngelale, read on Monday.

Monday’s order affects new requests by Nigeria Customs Service and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council, an agency of the Marine and Blue Economy which had sought approval to buy several hundreds of petrol-powered operational vehicles.

Also, a request by the Federal Capital Territory Administration to procure petrol-powered generators was also approved but on the condition that the contracts be reviewed for CNG or solar-powered generators.

Ngelale revealed that Tinubu asked Council members seeking the purchase of traditional petrol-dependent vehicles to “go back and diligently seek value-driven procurements of CNG-compliant vehicles.”

Addressing members of the Federal Executive Council at the State House on Monday, President Tinubu affirmed, “This nation will not progress forward if we continue to dance on the same spot.

“We have the will to drive the implementation of CNG adoption across the country, and we must set the example as public officials in leading the way to that prosperous future that we are working to achieve for our people.

“It starts with us, and in seeing that we are serious, Nigerians will follow our lead.”

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