The House of Reps has initiated a comprehensive forensic investigation into the Nigeria petroleum sector.

Lawmakers told MDA they have nothing to fear

The House said the Oronsay Committee report on the restructuring and streamlining of Federal Government agencies cannot overturn its ruling.

Chairman, House of Representatives Select Committee on Restructuring of Government Agencies, Quasi-Government Agencies and Commissions, Ibrahim Isiaka, made the assertion during a hearing in Abuja on Wednesday to allay concerns over some agencies in the restructuring proposed in the Stephen Oronsayi Commission White Paper.

The Oronsaye report, first released in 2012, seeks to reduce the number of government ministries and agencies. The administration of President Bola Tinubu has said it will consolidate and abolish some agencies in line with the recommendations of the Oronsaye report.

The report proposed reducing 263 statutory bodies to 161, abolishing 38, merging 52 and returning 14 to departments within ministries and agencies.

Isiaka assured the authorities that the lawmakers would not act without due process.

Isiala noted that lawmakers would treat all documents fairly, insisting that “where there are areas where we need to enact, we will do so, where we need to enact laws, we will do so.”

He went on to assure the organisations that they would be given a fair hearing, adding that “all organisations are invited to have the opportunity to have their say”.


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