The Federal Government has inaugurated 22 member committee tagged Presidential Transition Council, to facilitate and manage the 2023 transition programme.
Performing the ceremony in Abuja, the Chairman of the committee and Secretary to the Government of the federation Mr. Boss Mustapha said the committee was put in place by President Muhammadu Buhari to facilitate seamless handing over of power from his administration to whoever emerged president in next week election .
The SGF explained that the presidential Transition Council is expected to among others , create avenue for effective communication between the current and incoming administration .
In a remark, the Head of the Civil Service of the federation who is also a member of the committee , Dr. Folashade Yemi -Esan said the constitution of the committee even before the presidential election was conducted was a pointer to the selfless attitude of the president in ensuring a peaceful transition process .
Dr. Yemi-Esan stressed the need for the committee to properly document the achievement of the Buhari led administration for proper handing over process .
Members of the Committee are:
i. Secretary to the Government of the Federation – Chairman
ii. Head of the Civil Service of the Federation
iii. Solicitor-General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Justice
iv. Permanent Secretaries from the following Ministries and Offices:
c. Finance, Budget and National Planning
d. Foreign Affairs
e. Information and Culture
f. Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA)
g. Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs
h. Cabinet Affairs Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF)
i. General Services Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF)
j. Economic and Political Affairs Office, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF)
k. State House
v. National Security Adviser
vi. Chief of Defence Staff
vii. Inspector-General of Police
viii. Director General, National Intelligence Agency
ix. Director General, State Security Services
x. Chief Registrar of the Supreme Court of Nigeria; and
xi. Two representatives, to be nominated by the President-elect
The Transition Council will be inaugurated by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation on Tuesday 14th February, 2023 at 12 noon at the Conference Hall of the SGF.
Members are expected to attend the inauguration in person.
Also, the President has signed the Executive Order No. 14 of 2023 on the Facilitation and Management of the Presidential Transitions.
A key feature of the Presidential Executive Order No. 14 of 2023 is the institutionalization of a legal framework that would enable a seamless transition of power from one Presidential Administration to another which is part of President Buhari’s legacy.
- Willie Bassey
For: Secretary to the Government of the Federation