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Jonathan’s Cabinet Won’t Be Dissolved Until May 29 –Akwaashiki

Posted: May 20, 2015 at 7:35 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Olamide  Bakare Lagos


CONTRARY to media report, the Minister of Information, Mrs. Patricia Akwashiki, has debunked a statement which quoted her as saying that the outgoing Jonathan-led administration would be dissolving the cabinet today. She made this disclosure to newsmen during a facility tour of APCON secretariat held in Lagos yesterday.

She said ”Let me state here that contrary to a media report which says the government will be dissolving the cabinet on Wednesday (today), at no time, did I say anything like that. There was no reason for me to say anything like that. It is a well known fact that we are terminating together with the President on May 29. I just want to use that opportunity to correct that information. At no time, last week, did I say to anybody that this government is terminating on the 20th of May. The government is terminating with Goodluck Jonathan on the 29th of May. That is actually the position.”

It would be recalled that a media house not Daily independent had reported yesterday that the the Federal Executive Council would be dissolved today.

Earlier, the registrar of APCON, Alhaji Bello Kankarofi, while welcoming the minister’s entourage expressed some challenges confronting the Council even as he urged  the outgoing administration to assist it in correcting some of the fundamental flaws in its laws  by initiating necessary amendments.

Responding, The minister who acknowledged some of the challenges being faced by the Council assured the team of government readiness to see to all the issues particularly as it regards to amending laws that would enable the Council to run on its own

She said” I appreciate the fact that you are the police and regulator of the industry. I appreciate all the problems you are going through. It is not so easy in Nigeria other than today when you came to my office and say APCON is faced with the challenges of fund. I frowned each time I hear that. How can APCON be broke or how can you have challenges?.Thank God, you explained it now”.

Other than hearing it from you, I didn’t know that you have nothing to do with these big companies with billions of naira at will to spend. Except now that you disclosed that you depend on the fees you collect for members for survival. It is quite educating for me to know about your problem. As a government, we are doing our best even though our best might not be good enough because we are covering a large chunk of areas. There are so many ministries and parastatals that are demanding attention from government. It is becoming increasingly clear that government cannot shoulder all these responsibilities. I appreciate what you are doing in APCON where you are looking at possibilities for more funding even from your private partners. It is also difficult because if you don’t amend your laws, you cannot raise fund. You cannot demand the industry players part of their profit just because you are regulator of an industry that gets so much money. It does not work like that. First of all, you have to amend your laws”.

Asked for her thought as  new government takes over,  Akwaashiki suggested that the incoming government must see to the engagement of   agencies  in running its affairs  noting that it was important that the incoming administration pay serious attention to public institutions  through necessary funding as this would go a long way to promoting them.

Akwaashiki however commended the APCON team for the extension of love given to her and the team while also applauding the Council for the  immense role given to women  on its management team.