The Federal Executive Council (FEC) of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration convened for its inaugural meeting at the Aso Rock presidential villa on Monday. The gathering included all recently sworn-in ministers, marking a pivotal moment for Nigeria’s economic direction under the new leadership.
President Tinubu began the session by extending congratulations to the ministers and urging them to view their appointments as a call to serve the nation. In a message underscored by high expectations, the President emphasized that the cabinet holds the responsibility of steering the nation’s progress while he serves as the driver.
“Our goal is to ensure the success of this country for its 200 million citizens. I accepted this mandate and have entrusted you with the power to serve our nation,” President Tinubu stated. He stressed the ministers’ role in crafting homegrown solutions and re-engineering processes that will lead to the availability of resources and an economy that benefits the people.
Amidst challenges that may seem insurmountable, President Tinubu remained steadfast in his belief in the ministers’ capacity to reshape Nigeria’s trajectory. “There are many things cynics might label as impossible, but in your dictionary, everything is possible. We possess the talent and capacity to transform the country. While expectations are high and the present times are tough, we must work diligently and commit ourselves to creating an economy that caters to all Nigerians,” he affirmed.
He highlighted critical concerns such as unemployment and the necessity of security for investments, urging ministers to persuade potential investors of Nigeria’s stability. President Tinubu stressed the global pursuit of food security and the role Nigeria must play. He implored ministers to consider themselves as part of a unified team, emphasizing that every sector holds priority in the government’s agenda.
“Our mission is to achieve economic growth, food security, harness our resources, and expand our capacity to satisfy our citizens. The power to achieve these goals lies in your hands. I am here to listen, even to corrections, as only God is perfect. Do not fear making decisions; leadership’s essence is in decision-making. Picture yourself as being tasked with drawing water from a dry well. I am proud to be the captain and driver of this vehicle,” President Tinubu concluded.
The meeting also saw the presence of key figures such as Vice President Kashim Shettima, Secretary to the Government of the Federation George Akume, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation Folashade Yemi-Esan, and Chief of Staff to the President Femi Gbajabiamila. As President Tinubu’s administration kicks off its tenure, his words set a tone of economic reform, teamwork, and dedication to uplifting Nigeria’s economy for the benefit of all citizens.