- Osinbajo’s position as Vice President has become totally irrelevant, says Afenifere
Pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere on Tuesday blasted President Mohammadu Buhari over the dissolution of the Economic Management Team (EMT) headed by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said, it is clearly a vote of no confidence in a loud indictment.
Yinka Odumakin, the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary said Osinbajo’s position has become totally redundant and irrelevant.
It is clearly a vote of no confidence and a loud indictment. His position has become totally redundant and irrelevant.
Unfortunately, politicians don’t relinquish positions here except they are forced out,” he said.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday, constituted an Economic Advisory Council (EAC).
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, before now headed, Economic Management Team.
A statement made available on Monday said that the new team is “made up of the following: Prof. Doyin Salami – Chairman; Dr. Mohammed Sagagi – Vice-Chairman; Prof. Ode Ojowu – Member; Dr. Shehu Yahaya – Member; Dr. Iyabo Masha – Member; Prof. Chukwuma Soludo – Member; Mr. Bismark Rewane – Member; Dr. Mohammed Adaya Salisu – Secretary (Senior Special Assistant to the President, Development Policy).
“This advisory council will replace the current Economic Management Team (EMT) and will be reporting directly to the President. “The Economic Advisory Council (EAC) will advise the President on economic policy matters, including fiscal analysis, economic growth and a range of internal and global economic issues working with the relevant cabinet members and heads of monetary and fiscal agencies.
“The EAC will have monthly technical sessions as well as scheduled quarterly meetings with the President. The Chairman may, however, request for unscheduled meetings if the need arises.
Meanwhile, Newsflash247 had earlier reported that President Muhammadu Buhari has directed Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo to, henceforth, seek presidential approvals for agencies under him.
Under the laws setting up these agencies, the president is empowered to give final approvals.
Newsflash247 reported that, the directive to follow due process was issued via a presidential memo on Monday.
Currently, Osinbajo is the chairman of the governing boards of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the National Boundary Commission (NBC) and the Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA).
With the new memo, as against what operated during his first term, the vice-president will now have to seek approvals from the President for contract awards, annual reports, annual accounts, power to borrow, and power to make regulations, among other key functions.