President Bola Tinubu

Democracy Day: 15 Initiatives Tinubu Has Taken Since Relocating to Aso Rock

There are many who have said that Tinubu has shown some applaudable character within these very early days in office.

Met with the Service Chiefs and NSA

Security is a very important need for the nation, particularly if the economy is to be brought back to a stable level for the people. In light of this, the president’s first priority was to meet with the National Security Advisor and the Service Chiefs.In order to eliminate resource counterproductiveness in the battle against terrorism, Tinubu instructed the nation’s security and intelligence services at the conference on the significance of information and intelligence sharing.The president emphasised the significance of providing knowledge to support their efforts and stressed that security should be given top priority in order to achieve economic resurgence, prosperity, and progress.

Held a forum with the 36 state governors

In a meeting with the 36 state governors, the president also made it plain that disagreements must be set aside and that everyone must work together to lessen the misery and sorrow of the populace.

President Tinubu stated that the nation should be seen as one big family, adding that good governance would safeguard the future of democracy.

Appointed Gbajabiamila – Chief of Staff

Another significant action by the president was the appointment of Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, a former House of Representatives speaker, as chief of staff.

The president also named Sen. Ibrahim Hassan Hadejia, a former deputy governor of Jigawa State, as deputy chief of staff during a meeting with progressive governors.Many viewed this action as being extremely significant because it establishes the type of people Tinubu will be working with to get Nigeria back on track, as well as the composition of his cabinet.

Made Akume SGF

As Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume was appointed by the president.Speaking about this event, the president claimed that in his new role as SGF, Akume will achieve a great deal for the country.

Charged Representatives of Major Oil Marketers

The president of Nigeria met with leaders of the country’s main oil marketers to discuss the issues of eliminating fuel subsidies. He urged them to cooperate with his administration in order to meet the needs and desires of Nigerians.Following this conference, the Oil Marketers Association declared their desire to gift 50–100 ’50-seater’ mass transit buses to the general public.They claimed that doing this would cost roughly 100 million naira each person and a total of 10 billion naira in order to mitigate the effects of the subsidy elimination over the course of the following 30 days.Additionally, the president met with executives from Exxon Mobil, continuing his administration’s attempts to obtain the cooperation of key stakeholders in the oil sector in order to ensure stability and transparency and fair competition in the sector.

Asked Shettima-led NEC to find palliatives for subsidy

After his meeting with the oil marketers, the president gave the National Economic Council (NEC), headed by Vice President Kashim Shettima, instructions to devise a strategy and start developing interventions to lessen the effects of the elimination of subsidies on Nigerians.The NEC is required to develop palliative measures to assist Nigerians as they transition to a world without subsidies and make this adjustment.

Held a meeting with traditional rulers

The president has also met with traditional leaders at this time, and during their conversation he gave them a directive to assist the administration in fostering responsible behaviour and patriotism in order to ensure long-term peace and harmony. Additionally, he assured them that his administration will assist them in maintaining their position as they continue in their role as powerful custodians of the nation’s unique cultural values

Selected and got approval for 20 special advisers

The president chose 20 Special Advisers in an effort to make the best decisions and act in the interests of Nigerian citizens.The Senate gave its approval to the president’s proposal even though he left out the names of the 20 Special Advisers and their list of responsibilities. The Senate stated that in order for the president to get started right away, the request needed to be authorised right away.

Negotiated with JOHESU

For days, Health workers’ union under the umbrella of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) had been on strike, however, the body suspended its 12-day-old strike following a meeting with the president.National vice-president of JOHESU, Obinna Ogbonna, told newsmen that the strike was suspended due to the progress made during an engagement with President Bola Tinubu.He said the health workers called a meeting shortly after meeting with the president and decided to call off the strike, and gave a 21-day timeline to the government.

Reach agreements with NLC

FG representatives meeting with the NLC leaders at the State House on Monday, June 5, 2023.In a similar fashion, the president was able to broker a deal with the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), causing them to also suspend plans to hold a strike and protests over the subsidy removal issue.According to the authorities the president was able to reach 7 key agreements with the NLC and other labour unions in a bid to abort the strike.

Signed 2023 Electricity Bill into Law

The 2023 Electricity Act which is expected to de-monopolise electricity generation, transmission and distribution at the national level was also signed into law by the president within the period under review.In signing the electricity bill into law, Tinubu has now empowered state governments, companies and individuals to generate, distribute and transmit electricity.

Assented to Bill on new retirement age for Judicial officers

Similarly, President Tinubu in exercising the powers vested in him under the 1999 Constitution as amended, assented to a fresh amendment of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.He signed into law the “Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (Fifth Alteration) (No.37), 2023” presented by the outgoing 9th National Assembly.With the signing of the Constitutional amendment Bill, retirement age and pension rights of judicial officers have been effectively brought into uniformity and other related matters.According to president’s spokesman, Abiodun Oladunjoye, while signing the amendment Bill into law, Tinubu pledged his administration’s dedication to strengthening the judiciary, ensuring the rule of law, and empowering judicial officers to execute their responsibilities effectively.

Made fundamental declarations regarding subsidy

Within the time the president has made some declarations that stirred great reactions from the people and one of them is that the country cannot continue feeding smugglers and acting as Father Christmas to neighbouring countries.At the interactive session with the Royal Fathers under the aegis of the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria (NCTRN), the president said he remains committed to the decisions on remove fuel subsidy, improve security, create jobs, and to sustain the environment.

Met with opposition leaders

In staying true to his promise to reach out and accept anyone willing tom work with him, President Bola Tinubu met with members of the defunct G-5, including Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu), Samuel Ortom (Benue), Nyesom Wike (Rivers) and current Oyo State governor, Seyi Makinde.While the core reason for the visit is yet to be made known, Governor Makinde told newsmen that the group came to intimate the President on happenings.He said: “Nation building is a very difficult task. You have to keep evaluating…know what you’re doing, where you’re going. So, we have to keep seeing the President, to let him know what is happening. We also came to let the President know what we stood for – fairness, justice and equity.”On new focus of the G-5, he said: “We are going towards Mr. President, you know, coming with us on the route for fairness, for justice and form equity in Nigeria.”

Suspends Emefiele as CBN governor

The president suspended Godwin Emefiele as governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on Friday in what some have called his most daring move.The probe into Emefiele’s office and the upcoming banking sector reforms are both related, according to the presidency.Emefiele was given instructions to immediately turn over the management of his office to the Deputy Governor (Operations Directorate), [Folashodun Adebisi Shonubi], who will serve as the Central Bank Governor until the inquiry and reforms are complete.