President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the National Economic Council and urged the advisory body to pay special attention to security, education, agriculture and health.
The council, chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and parading governors of the 36 states will operate from now till 2023.
Many of governors, including those elected for the first time in March, were present during the inauguration. Also present at the inauguration were the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha; National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno; Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele.
President Buhari restated his administration’s commitment to protect Nigeria’s territory and urged state governors to find ways of increasing their state’s internal revenue.
While urging the new NEC to press forward with key initiatives, the President asked the Council to specially focus on security, education, health and agriculture.
Osinbajo described the council as an important body for developing, advising and implementing issues relating to Nigeria’s economy.