By Daniel Idonor:

ABUJA—ACTING President Goodluck Jonathan, yesterday, rose to the challenges ahead of him when he approved the constitutions of a 26-man Presidential Advisory Council on critical areas of development, which is headed by former Minister of Defence, Lt Gen. Theophilus Danjuma and another one on Project Assessment Committee. Not only that, Jonathan also reconstituted the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC monitoring team.

The Advisory Council, aimed at giving his Presidency credibility and visibility, has in its ranks a foremost constitutional lawyer, Professor Ben Nwabueze as the second in command, who will serve as Deputy Chairman of the council.

The Project Assessment Committee has as its chairman, Architect Ibrahim Bunu while Mr. Bon Otti will serve as Vice chairman.

The NDDC committee is to be chaired by Chief Isaac O. Jemide.

A statement by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the Acting President, Ima Niboro said the critical areas that the government was seeking wise counsel include power, economy, security, infrastructure, social sector, the electoral process, and the fight against corruption, among others.

The statement noted that the Advisory Council is to provide the Presidency with alternative inputs in policy formation, promote good governance in those specified area, as well as evaluate policy implementation and advice on areas requiring adjustments; adding that it will also advise the President on how to maximize the benefits derivable from government’s efforts.

Alternative inputs into policy formulation

The statement said: “The Acting President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has set up a Presidential Advisory Council to provide alternative inputs into policy formation, promote good governance in the areas of power, economy, security, infrastructure, social sector, the electoral process, and the fight against corruption, among others.

“Other terms of reference include: to evaluate policy implementation and advice on areas requiring adjustments; to advise the President on how to maximize the benefits derivable from government’s efforts; to advise on such actions and programmes that may improve credibility and performance of the government, and advise on any other matter referred to it by the President.”

Other members are Mr. Fola Adeola; Mallam Abubakar Gimba; Mr. Basil Omiyi; Alhaji M.D. Yusuf; Chief Emeka Anyaoku; Amb. G. B. Preware, Professor Bartholomew Nnaji and Mr. Kase Lawal. The rest are: Mallam Muhammed Hayatuddeen, Justice Alfa Belgore, Hon. Chibudom Nwuche, Mrs. Mobola Johnson, Hajiya Halita Aliyu, Alhaji Magaji Danbatta, Prof. B. G. Bajoga, Dr. (Mrs) Sally Bolujoko, Mrs. Mariam Uwais, and Chief Kanu Agabi.
Also on the list are Dr. Bamanga Tukur, Alhaji Ismaila Isa, Prof. Shehu Said Sarinwata, and Dr. Simon C. Okolo. The Chairman, National Economic Summit Group, is also a member.

Sweeping changes

The Permanent Secretary, Special Duties, in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation would serve as Secretary.

The committee shall be inaugurated at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, at10.00 a.m.

Vanguard had exclusively reported, Monday, that the Acting President was going to start sweeping changes from this week.

The Presidential Project Assessment Committee is to assess all federal projects and provide necessary information on the status of such projects that are on-going across the nation, according to Mr Ima Niboro.
The terms of reference of the Presidential Committee are as follows:

to take inventory of all on-going projects awarded by the Federal Government;
to assess the level of funding of each project;
to undertake a physical inspection of each project to determine work done,
to ascertain whether it is commensurate to the amount paid to the contractors;
to evaluate the professional competence of the contractors handling the various projects.

The committee will also determine whether the level of execution of the projects is in accordance with the terms of the contract agreement between the Federal Government and the contractor; and examine a plan of action that is realistic and practical.

Committee members:

T. Y. Danjuma
Ben Nwabueze
Fola Adeola
Abubakar Gimba
Basil Omiyi
M.D. Yusuf
Emeka Anyaoku
G. B. Preware
Barth Nnaji
Kase Lawal
M. Hayatuddeen
Alfa Belgore
Chibudom Nwuche
Mobola Johnson
Halita Aliyu
Magaji Danbatta
B. G. Bajoga
Sally Bolujoko
Mariam Uwais
Kanu Agabi
Bamanga Tukur
Ismaila Isa
Shehu S. Sarinwata
Simon C. Okolo
Chairman, NESG
PS. Special Duties,
Office of SFG

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