Stephen Ukandu, Umuahia
Eleven days to the 2023 presidential poll, the Federal Government, has inaugurated the Presidential Transition Committee with a mandate to seamless handover of power from the present government to its successor expected to emerge on February 25.
Inaugurating the Committee Tuesday in Abuja, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, urged the members to put in places the necessary structures that would enable the next administration to start off early without encumbrances.
Ikengaonline reports that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, had on February 7, issued Executive Order No. 14 of 2023 on the Facilitation and Management of Presidential Transition.
The SGF said President Buhari was committed to ensuring that the Nigerian democracy is strengthened.
“Today marks another historic moment for our administration, as we yet again demonstrate our commitment to strengthening key governance institutions that support our democratic process.
“It is with great delight and honour therefore, that I am carrying out the onerous task of inaugurating the Presidential Transition Council, on behalf of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
“The council will amongst other things: facilitate the handing over process by the current President to the President-elect; organise for the security of the President-elect and the Vice President-elect including coordinating security briefings on the nation’s security matters post- elections.”
According to the SGF the committee’s duties include “organising necessary facilities including fully furnished office and personnel for the President-elect and his/her transition team.”
“We are also to facilitate communication between the outgoing president and the president-elect; prepare the programme and organise for the swearing-in ceremony; carry out any other activity necessary to ensure optimal performance of the functions of the president under the Constitution and perform any other function assigned to it under the 1999 Constitution as amended.”