By Olumide Bajulaiye
The Presidential Transition Committee made up of President Goodluck Jonathan’s nominees and those of the President-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, started sitting on Monday.
The committee said on Monday that it would ensure a smooth transition of power between President-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, and President Jonathan on May 29.
Its Secretary and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of the committee’s inaugural meeting on Monday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting, presided over by Vice President Namadi Sambo, was attended by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke.
Others at the meeting were the Ministers of Police Affairs and Transport, Jelil Adesiyan, and Idris Umar, respectively as well as the Director-General of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orhii.
Anyim said the committee would collect handover briefs from the Ministries, Departments and Agencies, analyse them and prepare the President’s handover notes before May 29.
Anyim said: “Ours is to collect our own hand over briefs, prepare the hand over briefs, prepare the President’s handover note. “By the time we are ready, then we will interface with their own committee.
“Whatever clarification they need to know from our own briefs, we provide those clarifications and then bring them at the same page with us.”
Anyim said the terms of reference of the committee include “to collect from all the MDAs the handover briefs, then prepare them and then interface with the in-coming administration’s transition committee, and then we prepare the president’s handover note”.
According to him, the Federal Government committee is aware that the incoming administration also has its transition committee and promised that both groups will collaborate and harmonise their positions for a smooth handover exercise.
He said: “After we have collected our own briefs from the ministries, then we put it together and then we interface with the other committee so that whatever clarifications they want, whatever questions they have, we will be able to address them.”
The SGF said everything about the transition committee’s mandate would be executed and completed before the inauguration of the president-elect on May 29.