President Muhammadu Buhari is chairing the 31st virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The meeting, being held at the Council Chamber, has Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, and Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha in attendance.
The federal cabinet meeting, which started at 9am, is also being attended physically by six ministers, including those of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Attorney General of the Federation (AGF) and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mohammed Bello, Industry, Trade and Investment, Niyi Adebayo and Minister of State Power, Goddy Agba.
The Head of Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan and other Ministers are participating in the weekly council meeting from their various offices in Abuja.
A minute silence
Before the start of the proceedings, the council observed a minute silence for former Ministers, Alhaji Dauda Birma, Alhaji Mohammadu Gambo Jimeta and Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim.
The late Alhaji Birma, who served as Minister of Education from 1997 to 1998, died on 5th January, 2021 aged 80.
Jimeta, who died on January 21, at the age of 83, was the Minister of Agriculture from 1995 to 1997 and a former Inspector General of Police (IGP) and National Security Adviser (NSA) at various times.
The late Ibrahim was the Minister of Education, Science and Technology as well as Transportation, Aviation between 1984 and 1985 when President Buhari was the military Head of State.
Ibrahim, who was the first Northern Lawyer to attain the position of Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), died on Sunday, January 24 at the age of 84.