President Muhammadu Buhari is reported to have given a go-ahead to relevant officers to embark on implementation of Steve Oransaye report and recommendation for the pruning of statutory agencies of the federal government from 263 to 161.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs. Zainab Ahmed, who dropped this hint today, April 30, said that President Buhari has directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation and the Head of Service to begin the restructuring and rationalization in line with the report.
“The president has approved that this administration should implement the Oransaye report. It has reviewed the whole of the size of government and has made very significant recommendations in terms of reducing the number of agencies and that would mean merging some agencies.
“This is a report that has been in place for a long time and there hasn’t been implementation but the president has approved that this should be implemented.”
The minister, speaking on Channels TV Programme: “Politics Today.” Said: “we have conveyed Mr. President’s approval to the arms of government that are responsible for this and that will be the office of the secretary of government and the head of civil service of the federation.”
The Oronsaye Committee, chaired by the then Head of Service, Steve Oronsaye, was inaugurated in 2011 during the Goodluck Jonathan administration to seek ways of cutting cost of governance in the country.
The committee, among others, reported that 541 government parastatals, commissions and agencies existed as at the time of the report and recommended the pruning of the statutory agencies from 263 to 161.