As judicial panels set up by state governors to resolve issues of police brutality and related concerns across the country conclude their assignments, the National Economic Council (NEC) is set to convene a special session to review reports of the panels that have now started coming to the council.
This is among the resolutions and conclusions reached at the council’s 117th meeting held virtually and presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, with state governors, ministers, the Central Bank Nigeria (CBN) governor and other top government officials in attendance.
It would be recalled that the judicial panels were recommended after the adoption of a resolution by NEC to address nationwide complaints of police brutality after the president dissolved the Police SARS Unit. Almost all states in the federation set up the panels including the Federal Capital Territory.
According to a statement by the media aide of the vice president, Laolu Akande, Osinbajo announced that a special session of NEC will soon be convened to consider all the reports that are ready from the judicial panels set up late last year to address the concerns of the Nigerian people on police brutality allegations and other related issues.
That meeting would also consider the implementation of the reports including remedies, redress and compensations.
Also at the meeting, the VP inaugurated the National Road Safety Advisory Council as a demonstration of government’s continued commitment to addressing the challenges of road safety in the country. The advisory council is a critical aspect of the updated National Road Safety Strategy adopted by NEC and approved by the Federal Executive Council late last year.
The Road Safety Advisory Council is chaired by Osinbajo, with the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi as secretary. Other members of the 29-member Advisory Council include: Six governors representing the six geo-political zones as follows: “Chief Willie Obiano, governor of Anambra State, representing the South-East zone; Ifeanyi Okowa, governor of Delta State, representing the South-South zone; Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos State, representing the South-West zone; Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya, governor of Gombe State representing the North-East zone; Nasir El-Rufai, governor of Kaduna State representing North-West; Abdulrahman AbdulRasaq, governor of Kwara State, representing the North-Central zone; secretary to the government of the federation – member, Ministry of Transport – member, minister of works – member, minister of health – member, minister of justice – member.
Others are, “Minister of education – member, minister of finance, budget and national planning – member; minister of environment – member, minister of labour and employment – member; minister of police affairs -member, minister of interior – member, minister of state, finance, budget and national planning – member; minister of the federal capital territory – member; National Security Adviser – member; president, Association of Local Government of Nigeria (ALGON) – member, president, Nigeria Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) – member; president, Nigerian Society of Engineers – member, board chairman, Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) – member.
Akande said the council meeting also received a report from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) on the issue of the terminated “Strategic Alliance Agreements” with solution options.