President Goodluck Jonathan will hand over the reigns of affairs of the country to the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on May 28. This will be coming 24 hours before Buhari’s inauguration. Minister of Information, Senator Patricia Akwashiki, disclosed this to State House correspondents on Wednesday at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by Jonathan.
“Jonathan would hand over to Buhari at a dinner on the eve of the May 29 Democracy Day. “By May 28, the President intends to have the formal handing over done at a dinner so that we can reserve May 29 for the incoming government. “By May 28, we are expected to have concluded our own government and we are welcoming the incoming government
. “Also you know May 29 is our Democracy Day. So, we have activities lined up all through that week, showcasing all what we have achieved and all other things we do normally on our Democracy Day except that this year is special with the inauguration of our new President that is coming up on May 29,” she said. She added that Jonathan had also directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies to prepare their handover notes and submit same to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim, on or before April 20. “Anyim’s responsibility is to compile the notes which will form Jonathan’s handover document to Buhari,” she said.
The minister added, “The President emphasised on the need for all MDAs to submit their handing over notes to the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation by 20th of this month, that is next Monday. So we are going to be very busy this weekend putting our handing over notes together. “The President also emphasised that he would require another little briefing from all MDAs to indicate inherited projects, how far they have been executed and initiated projects by his administration and the level of completion, whether completed, ongoing or abandoned.
” She said the present administration was doing everything possible to ensure smooth transition, adding that Vice President Namadi Sambo is heading the government’s transition committee while Anyim is heading the inauguration committee.
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