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Buhari to prune FG agencies



PLANS are afoot to prune down some agencies of the federal government in a bid to right size the executive arm and minimise cost of governance.

The hint is contained in a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari requesting Federal Executive Council (FEC) to dust up a former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Chief Steve Oronsaye’s report on public service reform.

Director-General of Bureau of Public Service Reforms (BPSR), Dasuki Arabi, disclosed this yesterday while briefing newsmen after a weekly meeting of FEC in Abuja, adding that approval for full implementation of the report is being awaited.

According to him, only the proposal will give meaning to the on-going reforms in the public service to consolidate gains already made in the areas where they were implemented piecemeal.

“The president has given his nod for the secretariat on implementation of Oronsaye white paper report to move ahead with that and I am confident that it is going to be done anytime soon. Coincidentally, we work with the secretariat to the white paper implementation team and the report is one of the things the steering committee on funds looked at.

But because of the likely fallout of the exercise, the president directed that the recommendation be pushed to the Federal Executive Council for consideration. Most likely, after that, it will go to the National Assembly (NASS) because most of the agencies to be scrapped or merged have enabling laws.

So, they must look at those laws and repeal them before we have the new agencies. Agencies of government are created to address specific issues at a time; just like the Gurara Water Commission that came on board when Abuja was being created; the dam has been built, we have been using the water, I think they should ease off.

If there is another agency that is looking at addressing the challenges of New Media, then it comes on board and after some time, it goes. In looking at the cost implications of having multiple agencies, there is the need for closer collaboration of government and legislation to see how they can control high number of government agencies and parastatals that are being created,” Arabi said.

It will be recalled that Oronsaye recorded some 541 government parastatals, commissions and agencies (statutory and non-statutory) in the country but recommended their reduction to between 263 and 161 in a proposal submitted to one-time president of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.


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