Jonathan’s Transition Committee Begins Sitting
The transition committee, set up by President Goodluck Jonathan, to facilitate smooth transition of power to the President-elect, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on May 29, started sitting on Monday.
Report has it that the Vice President Namadi Sambo might head the committee.
Although no formal statement had so far been issued by the Federal Government on the composition of the committee, Sambo presided over the meeting, an indication that he is the head of the team.
At the end of the meeting, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim, fielded questions from State House correspondents.
He said the committee met to discuss its terms of reference and develop guidelines for the preparation of handover notes.
“We met to discuss the terms of reference and develop the guidelines for preparing the handover briefs and the committee adjourned to April 20 for its second meeting,” he said.
Explaining the committee’s mode of operation, Anyim said it would first collect briefs from all Ministries, Departments and Agencies after which the data would be collated.
He said once that was concluded, the Sambo-led committee would then proceed to interface with the transition committee put in place by the President-elect.
The SGF explained that the interface would afford them the opportunity to offer clarifications and answer questions that might be raised by the Buhari’s committee.
“Ours is to collect our own hand over briefs, prepare the briefs and prepare the President handover notes.
“The terms of reference of our own committee is to collate relevant information for the handover briefs from all the MDAs, prepare them and interface with the incoming administration’s transition committee,” he explained.