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After Jonathan, Buhari’s “Implementation,” Tinubu To Implement Oronsaye Report Again

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President Bola Tinubu would again implement the Stephen Oronsaye report recommending a leaner government by merging and scrapping some agencies.

The president’s plan to reimplement the recommendation after the Goodluck Jonathan and Muhammadu Buhari administrations had reportedly implemented it was announced by Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser on Information and Strategy, to the president in a post on X.

He said the decision was taken during the Federal Executive Council meeting held today at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. Onanuga added that the decision is to enhance the efficiency of the federal civil service and reduce government costs.  

“Twelve years after the Steve Oronsaye panel submitted its report on restructuring and rationalising Federal government parastatals and agencies and a white paper issued two years after, President Tinubu and the Federal Executive Council today decided to implement the report,” he posted. 

 In a separate post, the presidential spokesperson added that an eight-man committee had been constituted and was given 12 weeks to “ensure that the necessary legislative amendments and administrative restructuring needed to implement the reforms are effected efficiently.”    

The committee includes the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, 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, and Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly. The Cabinet Affairs Office will serve as the secretariat.

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In 2011, former President Goodluck Jonathan set up a presidential committee on reforming government agencies chaired by Steven Oronsaye, a former Head of Service of the Federation.

Its terms of reference included examining the enabling Acts and mandates of all the federal agencies, parastatals, and commissions to determine areas of overlap or duplication of functions.

In its report, the committee recommended that of the 541 Statutory and Non-Statutory Federal Government Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions, 263 statutory agencies should be reduced to 161, and 38 agencies should be scrapped. In contrast, 52 agencies should be merged, and 14 should become departments in ministries.

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