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Nigerian House of Representatives urges thorough review of Oronsaye report before implementation

Parliament Sets Up Committee Amid Concerns Over Outdated Recommendations and Potential Impacts

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In a significant move on Thursday, the Nigerian House of Representatives raised concerns regarding the implementation of the 2012 Steve Oronsaye Report, urging President Bola Tinubu to conduct a thorough review before moving forward with any actions.

The House established a 23-member committee, chaired by House Leader Julius Ihonvbere, tasked with recommending measures to mitigate the potential fallout of the Oronsaye Report review. This decision comes in response to the Federal Government’s recent announcement of plans to implement the report’s recommendations, aimed at reducing the cost of governance.

The Oronsaye Report, commissioned by former President Goodluck Jonathan, proposed the merger and scrapping of numerous government agencies, aiming to streamline operations and enhance efficiency. However, concerns have been raised regarding the relevance and practicality of these recommendations in light of evolving societal, economic, and technological dynamics since their publication.

During a session presided over by Speaker Abbas Tajudeen, lawmakers highlighted discrepancies between the report’s proposals and current realities, emphasizing the need for a comprehensive reassessment to avoid unintended consequences.

The House expressed reservations about the potential efficacy of the report in reducing governance costs, citing discrepancies between its recommendations and the evolving landscape of the public service sector. Lawmakers underscored the importance of aligning any restructuring efforts with present-day conditions to ensure effectiveness and minimize adverse outcomes.

In addition to calling for a comprehensive review of the Oronsaye Report, the House urged the Federal Government to explore alternative policies aimed at revitalizing sectors such as agriculture, solid minerals, and the informal economy. These measures, they believe, could serve as viable alternatives for individuals affected by potential layoffs resulting from restructuring initiatives.

As part of its oversight role, the House directed the newly established committee to scrutinize the executive’s recommendations and provide insights into the potential ramifications of the restructuring exercise. This proactive approach reflects the House’s commitment to ensuring informed decision-making and safeguarding the interests of the Nigerian populace amidst ongoing governance reforms.

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