How implementation of Oronsaye report will affect Nigerians

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It may no longer be news to some people that President Bola Tinubu has ordered the implementation of the recommendations of the Steve Oronsaye Committee Report on the merger and scrapping of some agencies of government for efficiency and cost-cutting measures.

But the fresh news is that many workers, including over 102 heads of service under Federal Government payroll will be thrown into labour market if the report is implemented to the letter.

The Stephen Oronsaye committee not only  recommended the scrapping and merging of 220 out of the then existing 541 government agencies but also called for the reduction of statutory agencies from 263 to 161.

That committee recommended the abolition of 38 agencies, the merger of 52 and the reversion of 14 to departments in ministries.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) had on Monday, February 26, 2024 meeting approved the implementation of the report about 12 years after it was submitted to the then President Goodluck Jonathan in 2012.

The decision was taken in order to enhance efficiency in the Federal service, and reduce the cost of governance.

Specifically, the implementation of the report will lead to the restructuring and rationalisation of Federal agencies, parastatals and commissions. The implementation involves merging, subsuming and outright scrapping of agencies with similar functions.

In 2014, the Jonathan government released a white paper on the report. The immediate-past Buhari administration after re-examining the white paper also released a second white paper in August 2022, but did not implement the report.

However, the Tinubu administration has, however, decided to take the bold step in order to cut cost of governance by implementing elements of the report.

Thus, eight-man committee has been constituted for the task and it has a 12-week deadline to ensure that the necessary legislative amendments and administrative restructuring needed to implement the reforms were carried out in an efficient manner.

The committee comprises Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Head of the Civil Service, Attorney General and Justice Minister, Budget and Planning Minister, DG Bureau of Public Service Reform, Special Adviser to the President on Policy Coordination, Special assistant to the president on National Assembly. The Cabinet Affairs Office will serve as the secretariat.

As the Stephen Oransanya is to be full activated and actualised,
13 Government Agencies/Establishments to go after restructuring and merging:

According to a statement by the Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to President Tinubu, Bayo Onanuga, on Monday, he said the list is not exhaustive for now. Hence, pending when the whole picture will be clearer.

Here are the list of at least 13 establishments/agencies that will cease to exist upon the implementation of the recommendations of the Committee’s report:

National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission to be brought under Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC). The National Assembly will need to amend the constitution as RMAFC was established by the 1999 Constitution.

Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to be merged with Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE) and be rechristened as Public Enterprises and Infrastructural Concession Commission.

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to swallow Public Complaints Commission (PCC).

Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) to be scrapped and functions to be taken over by Federal Ministry of Finance.

NEMA and National Commission for Refugees to be merged to become National Emergency and Refugee Management Commission

Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) to become a department under National Boundary Commission (NBC).

NACA and NCDC to be merged.

SERVICOM to become a department under the Bureau for Public Service Reform (BPSR).

NALDA to return to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

Federal Ministry of Science to supervise a new agency that combines NCAM, NASENI and PRODA.

National Commission for Museums and Monuments and National Gallery of Arts to become one entity that will be known as National Commission for Museums, Monuments and Gallery of Arts.

National Theatre to be merged with National Troupe.

Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa and Directorate of Technical Aid Corps to be merged under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NiDCOM) to become an agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) and Voice of Nigeria (VON) to be one entity to be known as Federal Broadcasting Corporation of Nigeria.

National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) and National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology to be emerged into an agency to be known as National Biotechnology Research and Development Agency (NBRDA).

National Institute for Leather Science Technology and National Institute for Chemical Technology to become one agency.

Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development to become one agency.

The National Metallurgical Development Centre and National Metallurgical Training Institute will be merged.

National Institute for Trypanosomiasis to be subsumed under Institute of Veterinary Research in Vom, Jos, Plateau State.

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