By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau
President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has officially assumed duty at the President’s Office of the Presidential Villa, Abuja just as the Vice President, Kashim Shetima was the first to be in his new office on Tuesday morning.
Tinubu who arrived the forecourt of the Presidential Villa, Abuja at exactly 2:30 pm, a day after he was Sworn-in as the 16th President of Federal Republic of Nigeria was received after emerging from the German-made black Mercedes Benz May Bach Sedan car by Shettima in the company of State House Permanent Secretary Mallam Tijjani Idris Umar and Director of Information, Abiodun Oladunjoye among other State House staff.
Others who received President Tinubu were Speaker of House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila; House Member James Faleke; Wale Edun; Dele Alake as well as Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria ( CBN), Godwin Emefiele and the Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Company Limited ( NNPCL), Mele Kyari who arrived earlier to wait for the President.
Tinubu was escorted into his office where he later held closed doors meeting with Emefiele and Kyari in an apparent effort to address the fallout of fuel subsidy removal and other burning national issues.
The meeting was his first official assignment in the Presidential Villa, starting with the critical sectors, following the return of fuel queues, as marketers, react to the fuel subsidy removal.
Tinubu had at his inauguration speech on Monday, announced the removal of fuel subsidy and his resolve to reduce high interest rates, which he described as dis- incentives to attracting investments.
The announcements has led to the return of fuel queues across the country, despite assurances by the NNPCL of sufficient supply of the commodity.
Meanwhile, officials of the State House, Presidential Villa,Abuja had earlier commenced the replacements of former President Muhammadu Buhari’s official photographs with the official photos of the new President.
This is even as the Vice President, Kashim Shettima, arrived the office at exactly 1pm.
Major landmarks and offices are now adorned with the official photographs of the new President signaling the commencement of the new administration
Similarly, the official photograph walls of the President has been cleared of the pictures of the old administration, awaiting the displays of the pictures from the activities of the new President.
A source close to the State House Media office informed Prompt News on Tuesday that they are eagerly awaiting the new President prior to his arrival.
“ We have cleared the picture walls and as you can see, we have also placed the official photographs of the new President”.