Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday presided over the weekly Federal Executive Council meeting.

The meeting started around 11am at the Presidential Villa with the rendition of the National anthem.

Opening Muslims prayer was offered by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, while the Christian prayer was said by the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi.

Apart from the ministers, other cabinet members in the hall included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari, the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan, and the Permanent Secretary of the State House, Jalil Arabi.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who left Abuja on Monday, commenced his official engagements at the third session of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) in Riyadh, on Tuesday.

Buhari is also scheduled to participate in a plenary session on Wednesday in which President Mahamadou Issoufou of Niger, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of Congo-Brazzaville will discuss ‘‘What’s next for Africa? How will investment and trade transform the continent into the next great economic success story?’’

The session, at the annual investment forum to discuss trends in the world economy and investment environment, will provide an opportunity for the Nigerian leader to highlight the importance of public and private organisations to work together to grow economies that create a prosperous society for all.

He will also discuss what his government is doing to ensure that majority of Nigerian citizens have an acceptable standard of living.

The third annual conference is being attended by world leaders, as well as business leaders, innovators and policymakers from the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

The FEC meeting in Abuja was still in progress at the time of filing this report.


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