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Tinubu Creates New Ministry Four Months After Talk Of Implementing Oronsaye Report

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The Federal Government of Nigeria under President Bola Tinubu is seeking a $50 million in assistance from the World Bank for its project, meant to set up a couple of solar plant pilot installations and upgrade infrastructure in many states, to strengthen the power sector in the country.

President Bola Tinubu today announced the creation of a new Ministry of Livestock Development which he claims is aimed at resolving the lingering conflict between farmers and herdsmen across the country.  

Tinubu disclosed this during the inauguration of the Presidential Committee on Livestock Reforms at the Presidential Villa on Tuesday.

According to the President, the Committee is expected to propose recommendations aimed at fostering peaceful coexistence between herders and farmers while ensuring the security and economic well-being of all Nigerians. 

Tinubu will chair the committee with Attahiru Jega, a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the deputy chairman.

This development comes just four months after the president claimed he would implement the Stephen Oronsaye report which recommended a leaner government by merging and scrapping some agencies.

The Oronsaye report on public sector reforms, submitted in 2012, revealed that there are 541 statutory and non-statutory—federal government parastatals, commissions, and agencies.⁣

It recommended that of the 541 statutory and non-statutory federal government agencies, 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.

Earlier, Mohammed Idris, minister of information told journalists that Tinubu approved some reforms based on the report (Oronsaye), stating numerous agencies would be eliminated and others combined or restructured to cut governance costs. However, this appears not to be the case.

In his announcement, the President also contended that the committee would collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to develop lasting solutions to the longstanding crisis between farmers and herders.

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