FEC approves implementation of Orosanye panel report

FEC approves implementation of Orosanye panel report


The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Monday agreed to implement aspects of the 2012 Stephen Oromsai Commission Report.

Minister of Information and National Orientation, Muhammad Idris, disclosed this after a council meeting presided over by President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said the green light was a bold move and consistent with the president's “courage to do what is right for Nigeria and reduce the cost of governance.”

The minister further said that implementation of the report would mean that some government agencies, commissions and departments would be abolished, merged or subsumed, while others would be transferred under new ministries.

He explained: “Today, in a very bold move, this administration, under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has once again matched his courage in taking very far-reaching decisions in the interest of Nigerians and implementing the so-called policies. The decision was made to.Olosanye Report.

“What this means is that many agencies, commissions and some departments have actually been abolished, some have been consolidated and others have been absorbed. , have been transferred to other ministries that the government believes can be better run.

“As I said, this is a very far-reaching decision. Its purpose is, one, to fine-tune or restructure the entire government operation. Secondly, this will reduce the cost of governance. This is in line with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu's decision.

Mr. Idris assured that staff at the affected facilities would not lose their jobs as a result of this implementation.

Hadiza Bala Usman, Special Adviser to the President in charge of policy coordination, gave details of the relevant agencies as follows: The National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS (NACA) will be merged with the Federal Ministry of Health's Center for Disease Control.

“The National Emergency Management Agency will be integrated with the National Commission for Refugee Migration and Internally Displaced Persons. The African Technical Cooperation Directorate will be integrated with the Technical Assistance Directorate and will function as a division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission will be merged with the Department of Public Enterprises. The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission will be merged with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council. The Science and Technology Infrastructure Agency will be merged with the National Center for Agricultural Mechanization and Project Development Institute.

“The National Agency for Biotechnology Development will be merged with the National Center for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology. The Institute of Leather Technology and the Institute of Chemical Technology will be merged. The Nomadic Education Commission will be merged with the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult Education and Non-formal Education. merge.

“The Federal Radio Corporation will be merged with the Voice of Nigeria. The National Museums and Monuments Commission will be merged with the National Gallery. The National Theater will be merged with the National Theater Company of Nigeria. The National Metrology Development Center will be merged with the National Metrology Institute. be integrated with.

“The Nigerian Army University Biu will be integrated with the Nigerian National Defense University and will function as a department within the Nigerian National Defense University. The Air Force Institute of Technology will also be integrated with the Nigerian National Defense University and will function as a department within the Nigerian National Defense University.

“We now move on to institutions that need to be included.

“The Services Agreement with Nigeria (SERVICOM) will be incorporated to function as a department under the Public Service Reform Authority. The Border Areas Development Authority will be incorporated to function as a department under the National Boundary Commission. The Wages Committee will be incorporated into the Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Allocation Committee.

“The Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution will be incorporated into the Institute of International Affairs. The Public Complaints Commission will be incorporated under the National Human Rights Commission and the Nigerian Trypanosomiasis Research Institute will be incorporated under the Institute of Veterinary Medicine. The research and development corporation will be incorporated into the Pharmaceutical Research and Development Agency, an independent administrative agency.The National Intelligence Service Pension Commission will be incorporated into the Nigeria Pension Commission.

“Government agencies will be transferred so that the Niger Delta Power Holding Company will be transferred to the Ministry of Power. The National Agricultural Land Development Authority will be transferred to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security. The National Blood Commission will be institutionalized. , transferred to the Federal Ministry of Health. The Nigerian Diaspora Commission is institutionalized and transferred to the Federal Ministry of Finance.”

Usman disclosed that President Tinubu has constituted a committee to work within 12 weeks to ensure the necessary restructuring and legal reforms to ensure the full realization of these recognitions.

She said Mr Tinubu had imposed immediate terms of reference on the committee to ensure all of this progressed within 12 weeks.

The Committee is chaired by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, and consists of the Director-General of the Civil Service of the Federation, the Attorney-General and Minister of Justice of the Federation, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, and the Director-General. – Secretary of the Department of Public Service Reform and Special Assistant to the President on Policy Coordination. Two people, the Special Assistant to the President for National Assembly Affairs and the Cabinet Office, will serve as the secretariat.

Usman added: “The committee will consider administrative restructuring and legal reforms necessary to ensure full implementation of the recommendations.”

“Other aspects of the recommendation have also been passed to the committee for consideration.

“It is important for us to thank the president for the bold endorsement he has given at the Federal Executive Council.

“I think this has been proposed in discussions in Nigeria since 2012, but we are here in 2024 and it has been approved as such, and as I said earlier, Aspects applicable to amalgamations, amalgamations and amalgamations are the agencies so considered and derived from the panel report in its entirety.”

Also, the Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister for the Economy, Wale Edun, disclosed that the President had directed the design of a Social Security Unemployment Programme, through which benefits would be paid to unemployed youths in Nigeria.

“At a time when food prices are rising, the president is committed to doing everything we can to give purchasing power to the poorest people, and part of that is strengthening the Social Security unemployment program,” he said. I gave instructions,” he said. It has been specifically designed to meet the needs of young people, unemployed graduates and society as a whole.

“Therefore, in the near future there will be unemployment benefits especially for young unemployed people.”

Similarly, Mr. Edun said the consumer credit facility exists to ease the pain of economic adjustment.

“Finally, I would like to emphasize that there is empathy. And there is a feeling for those who are less well-off, or who are particularly feeling the pain of this adjustment, and that is where social consumer credit programs come in.

“So by making consumer credit available, it will naturally make goods more affordable and the economy will come back faster because people have the purchasing power to order goods and products.” You even get opportunities,” he said.

Mr. Edun also spoke about the review conducted by the Presidential Select Committee on the National Social Investment Program (NSIP), which submitted a preliminary report to the President.

He said the president highlighted the board meeting as a “review of existing mechanisms, a review of existing programs, and where we saw success stories such as the 400,000 beneficiaries of the Geep program.” It was reported that he said that. etc. ”

Source: guardian.ng

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