by ROTIMI FADEYI


…To conduct Buhari, Osinbajo round Presidential Villa

National Council of State yesterday approved the transition programme in which President Goodluck Jonathan is to present handover notes and documents to President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on May 28, while the inauguration ceremony holds on May 29.national-council-of-state

This was one of the decisions of the Council at the valedictory meeting held at the Presidential Villa presided by Jonathan.

Niger State Governor, Babangida Aliyu, who briefed State House Correspondents after the meeting, said officially the government would be handed over on May 28 and Jonathan would also conduct Buhari and Vice Presidentelect, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, round the Presidential Villa.

Aliyu said every ministry, department and agency of government would put together documents that would be handed over to the incoming government.According to him, Jonathan would officially handover government on May 28.

Aliyu said every ministry, department and agency that has worked for government, including all funds that have been collected, how they have been utilised and the assets and liabilities will all be put together in documents and handed over to the incoming government.

He disclosed that the joint transition committee had concluded arrangements for the inauguration ceremony on May 29, adding that a lunch and a gala night had also been slated for that day.

Aliyu said as part of events lined up for the inauguration ceremony, a Jumat service would hold on Friday, May 22, while Church service would hold on Sunday, May 24.

Also at the briefing, Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswam, said the council decided that henceforth there has to be a template, which transition would follow.

According to him, it would be the first time a template for transition would be developed in order to avoid speculations.

“This is the first time one is going to be developed so that there is no speculation as to what needs to be done as everything would be in a template. If there is a transition, whether it is from the same party to the same party or from one party to another it is the same template.

“You will recall that we have never had a template to follow and how we go about our transition, but what is going to happen this time around is going to be permanent,” Suswam said.

He also disclosed that the National Security Adviser, NSA, briefed the council on the security situation in the country as well as the successes recorded against insurgents.

The NSA, he said, assured Nigerians that insurgency would soon be a thing of the past, adding that Sambisa forest enclave of the insurgents would be properly combed before May 29. Yesterday’s meeting had in attendance former leaders, including Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Alhaji Shehu Shagari, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Chief Ernest Shonekan and Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar. Former Chief Justices of Nigeria present were Muhammadu Lawal Uwais, Alfa Belgore and Idris Legbo Kutigi.

Vice President Namadi Sambo, Senate President, David Mark, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, National Security Adviser, NSA, Col. Sambo Dasuki and the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Mohmammed Adoke were also at the meeting.

Governors in attendance include Seriake Dickson (Bayelsa); Mukhtar Yero (Kaduna); Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo); Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); Martin Elechi (Ebonyi); Tanko Al-Makura (Nassarawa); Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers); Bala Ngilari (Adamawa) and Aliyu Wammako (Sokoto).

Others were Gabriel Suswam (Benue); Godswill Akpabio (Akwa Ibom); Abdulaziz Yari (Zamfara); Jonah Jang (Plateau); Liyel Imoke (Cross River); Babangida Aliyu (Niger) and Acting Governor of Taraba State Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi

Governors of Oyo, Kogi, Yobe and Kano states were represented by their deputies.

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