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Lawmakers start overview of Oronsaye Report

The House of Representatives Special Ad Hoc Committee on Restructuring of Government Agencies and Commission has commenced the method of reviewing the suggestions of the Steve Oronsanye Report.

The report, geared toward decreasing the price of governance by means of merging, scrapping and relocation of some departments and companies of presidency, was submitted to the Federal Government in 2012.

The report on public sector reforms revealed 541 statutory and non-statutory – Federal Government parastatals, commissions and companies.

On February 26, 2024, the Federal Executive Council assembly presided over by President Bola Tinubu accredited the implementation of the report to cut back the price of governance, based on the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris.

According to the advice, 29 authorities companies could be merged whilst eight parastatals could be subsumed into eight different companies. More so, 4 companies have been relocated to 4 numerous ministries, whereas one was earmarked for scrapping.

The FEC mandated a committee headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, to overview the report and submit suggestions.

Addressing journalists on Tuesday on the National Assembly Complex, Abuja, the committee chairman, Isiaka Ayokunle, justified the necessity to overview the report.

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He mentioned, “We must revisit the recommendations of the Oronsaye Report and other pertinent white papers to ensure that we are aligning our government structures with current realities, best practices, and the changing needs of our society.”

He added, “The world is evolving rapidly, and our government agencies and commissions must be structured in a way that enables them to deliver on their mandates effectively and efficiently.”

Ayokunle who represents the Ifo/Ewekoro Federal Constituency of Ogun State, famous that by means of the overview, the committee hoped to determine redundancies, duplications, inefficiencies, and areas of enchancment inside the Federal Government companies and commissions.

“Our purpose is to use the legislative strategy in streamlining operations, get rid of duplication of capabilities, improve service supply, and optimise useful resource allocation.

“This review will be comprehensive and thorough, taking into cognisance the diverse perspectives and expertise available to us,” he mentioned.

Ayokunle mentioned, “We acknowledge the importance of stakeholder engagement in this process, and we will require input from various stakeholders, including government officials, experts, civil society organisations, and the general public.”

The committee, based on him, would maintain a one-day public listening to on the matter on July 10 in Abuja.

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