President Tinubu Orders Speedy Implementation Of Oronsanye Report


Twelve years after its submission, President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday, February 26, 2024 ordered the full implementation of the Oronsaye report.
Towards this end, the nation’s Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Federal Government would witness some forms of merger, subsuming, complete scraping and possible relocation in line with the recommendations of the Report.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mr Mohammed Idris, who announced this to State House Correspondents after Monday’s Federal Executive Council meeting at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja, said that in a very bold move, President Tinubu being consistent with courage to take very far-reaching decisions in the interest of Nigeria, has taken a decision to implement the Oronsaye Report.
Idris said; “Now, what that means is that a number of agencies, commissions, and some departments have actually been scrapped. Some have been modified, and marked while others have been subsumed.

“Others, of course, have also been moved from some ministries to others where the government feels they will operate better,” he said.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the President on Policy Coordination, Hadiza Bala-Usman, said that towards this end, President Tinubu has constituted an implementation committee to implement the mergers, scrapping and relocations within 12 weeks.
The Oronsaye’s Report on Public Sector Reform which was submitted in 2012, noted that there are 541 — statutory and non-statutory —Federal Government parastatals, commissions, and agencies.
Former President Goodluck Jonathan had set up the Presidential Committee on Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies, under the leadership of former Head of Civil Service, Mr Stephen Oronsaye.
The 800-page report recommended that 263 of the statutory agencies be slashed to 161 while it recommended that 38 agencies should be scrapped and 52 others be merged with 14 be reverted to departments in various ministries.
Oronsaye’s panel further recommended that the law establishing the National Salaries and Wages Commission be repealed and its functions taken over by the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Responsibility Commission just as it also recommended the merger of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Commission and the Code of Conduct Bureau among others.

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