From Bello Wakili

Federal Executive Council (FEC), today, gave a minute silence in honour of two former ministers; one-time Minister of Science and Technology, Senator Bode Olowoporoku; and Alhaji Umaru Muhammad Baba.

The virtual FEC meeting, which was presided over by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), had seven members physically present in the Executive Council Chambers of the State House.

Officially announcing the passage of the two former ministers to Council, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, recalled their various services to the country.

Senator Olowoporoku, who served as Senator representing Ekiti South Senatorial District at the Senate, was Minister of Science and Technology in the Second Republic.

He died on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at the age of 76 years.

Also, the late Alhaji Muhammad Baba, was, at different times, Minister of State for Petroleum Resources and Minister of State for Defence.

He died on Friday, March 26, 2021, at the age of 81 years.

Meanwhile, the FEC meeting, had the Chief of Staff to the President, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, and the National Security Adviser (NSA), Major-General Babagana Monguno (Rtd), in attendance.

Ministers in attendance include those of Transportation, Hon Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi; Power, Engr. Mamman Saleh; Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed; and Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed.

Others are ministers of the FCT, Mallam Mohammed Bello; Aviation Senator Hadi Sirika; and the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.

The Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, as well as other members of Council joined the meeting virtually.