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FG launches committee to implement Oronsaye Report recommendations

Move Aims to Rationalize Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, Reducing Governance Costs

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In a significant step towards administrative reform, the Federal Government inaugurated a committee on Thursday tasked with executing the recommendations outlined in the Oronsaye Report, aimed at restructuring ministries, departments, and agencies to curtail the cost of governance.

President Bola Tinubu’s administration, on February 28, 2024, announced its intention to implement key aspects of the 12-year-old Oronsaye report, which proposes merging, scrapping, or reorganizing various government entities to enhance efficiency and trim bureaucracy.

According to Segun Imohiosen, Director of Information at the Office of the Secretary-General of the Federation, the Committee on the Implementation of the Recommendations on the Review of Reports and White Papers on Restructuring and Rationalization of Federal Government Parastatals, Agencies, and Commissions was inaugurated by SGF George Akume.

Emphasizing the rationale behind the initiative, Akume underscored the imperative to streamline governance processes and reduce operational redundancies. He stressed the committee’s mandate to identify overlaps, define strategic objectives, engage stakeholders, and ensure compliance with pertinent laws and regulations governing government operations.

The committee comprises a cadre of distinguished officials, including the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Lateef Fagbemi (SAN); Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Abubakar Bagudu; Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Folasade Yemi-Esan; and other key figures pivotal to the implementation process.

Among its objectives, the committee aims to draft clear and actionable revised mandates for organizations undergoing restructuring, aligning them with government priorities and regulatory frameworks. Additionally, it seeks to foster engagement with stakeholders to gather input and feedback, ensuring a comprehensive and inclusive approach to the reform process.

The initiative underscores the government’s commitment to fostering transparency, efficiency, and accountability in public service delivery, aligning with broader efforts to optimize resources and enhance governance effectiveness. As the committee commences its work, its outcomes are poised to shape the trajectory of governance and administrative reforms in Nigeria.

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