The first meeting of the National Economic Council, NEC, in 2017, which held yesterday at the presidential villa, Abuja, ended on a cheerful note.
Presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, NEC is composed by all the 36 State Governors, the FCT Minister and the Central Bank Governor.
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, attended the meeting for the last time as his tenure expires in one week.
At the meeting, members commended Mimiko’s contributions to the Council and commended him for facilitating a smooth transition in Ondo State.
In his response, the out-going Governor praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his leadership of the nation.
He hailed the Vice President as chairman of the Council for his “productive leadership and personal compliment” and the Council members for an enjoyable relationship and quality of debate.
The high point of the meeting was when Mimiko and the Ondo State Governor-elect, Rotimi Akeredolu, who was in attendance, in observer status hugged each other to the delight of the Council.
This attracted a huge round of applause from Osinbajo, Governors and others in the room.