President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday directed all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to submit their handing over notes latest by April 20.
Mrs Patricia Akwashiki, the Minister of Information, who disclosed this to State House correspondents in Abuja after the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by the president, said the heads of the MDAs would also brief the president on their respective organizations, including existing contracts.
She said that this was to ensure comprehensive handing over notes for the smooth and effective transition to the in-coming administration on May 29.
“What we discussed with the President in the Council is, he emphasised on the need for all MDAs and government parastatals and departments, agencies to submit their handing over notes to the office of the SGF by the 20th (April) that is next Monday.
Akwashiki said: “So, we are going to be very busy this weekend, putting our handing over notes together.
“The President also emphasized that he will require another little briefing from all MDAs to indicate inherited projects, how it has been executed, initiated projects by his administration and their level of completion (whether completed or ongoing or abandoned).”
According to her, the transition committee, headed by Vice-President Namadi Sambo, and an inaugural committee, headed by the SGF, Anyim Pius Anyim, had been set up by the president for a smooth transition.
She said that the Jonathan administration would continue to function until May 29, and a dinner would be held on May 28 to signify the end of governance by the present administration.
The minister further said that this year’s democracy day would be celebrated in spite of the inauguration of the new President on the same date.
“Also, you know that May 29 is our Democracy Day.
“So, we have activities lined up all through that week, showcasing what we have achieved and all other things that we do normally on our Democracy Day, except that this year is special with the inauguration of our new President.’’
Akwashiki maintained that all issues related to governance would be concluded by the Jonathan administration on May 28, while May 29 would be reserved for the swearing-in of the incoming Buhari administration.