The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, on Monday said that there was going to be a smooth handover of power from President Goodluck Jonathan to the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, on May 29.
Anyim, who is the chairman of the Presidential Transition Committee, made this known to State House correspondents at the end of the committee’s inaugural meeting at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the SGF, everything about the transition committee’s mandate would be executed and completed before the inauguration of the president-elect on May 29.
The Committee’s terms of reference, he said, included collecting handover briefs from all MDAs, preparing them and interfacing same with the in-coming administration’s transition committee before preparing the president’s handover note.
To this end, he said, the committee would collect handover briefs from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), analyse them and prepare the President’s handover notes before May 29.
Anyim said: “Ours is to collect our own handover briefs, prepare the handover briefs, and prepare the President’s handover note.
“By the time we are ready, we will interface with their (Buhari Transition) 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.’’
The SGF said the Federal Government committee was also aware that the in-coming administration had its own transition committee.
He said that the two committees would collaborate and harmonise their positions for the purpose of a smooth handover exercise.
“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,’’ Anyim said.
The inaugural meeting which was presided over by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, was attended by the Attorney-General of the Federation, Mr Mohammed Adoke (SAN), Police Affairs Minister, Jelil Adesiyan, and Transport Minister, Idris Umar, and NAFDAC Director-General, Dr Paul Orhii.