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Former minister challenges implementation of Oronsaye Report during Buhari’s administration

Former Minister Challenges Implementation of Oronsaye Report during Buhari's Administration

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Adebayo Shittu Disputes Claim of Report’s Presentation to Ex-President Muhammadu Buhari

Adebayo Shittu, former Minister of Communication during President Buhari’s first term, refutes assertions that the Steven Oronsaye report was presented to the Buhari administration for implementation, shedding light on the contentious history surrounding the report.

During Buhari’s tenure from 2015 to 2019, Shittu asserts that the Oronsaye report was not formally brought to the attention of the government. He contends that without official acknowledgment or discussion at the Federal Executive Council meetings, there was no impetus for the administration to consider its recommendations.

Controversy surrounds the report’s recent resurgence, as the Federal Government announced plans to implement select recommendations aimed at reducing governance costs 12 years after its submission. The proposed mergers and subsumptions of government agencies have sparked concerns about potential job losses and administrative upheaval.

Tommy Etim, National President of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria, warns of the socio-economic ramifications of job losses amidst prevailing hardships, while Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Femi Falana, cautions against exacerbating insecurity through mass retrenchment.

Despite concerns, Shittu maintains that civil servants need not fear job losses, asserting that streamlining bureaucracy and eliminating duplicative services are crucial for efficient governance. He underscores the necessity of prioritizing national interests over personal concerns.

Similarly, Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Yusuf Ali, underscores the potential benefits of implementing the Oronsaye report, emphasizing the need to streamline administrative processes and mitigate inter-agency rivalries. Ali posits that while mergers may expand workforces, they also promise a leaner government structure conducive to effective management.

Ali challenges apprehensions regarding job losses, likening the situation to advancements in artificial intelligence and robotics, where progress necessitates adaptation to emerging technologies.

As the Federal Government forges ahead with the implementation committee’s mandate, Shittu and Ali’s perspectives illuminate the complex dialogue surrounding administrative reform and the delicate balance between efficiency and employment stability.

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