President Tinubu Orders Implementation of Oronsaye Report Amid Concerns

President Tinubu directs implementation of Oronsaye Report, which aims to merge, scrap or relocate 263 of 541 federal agencies in Nigeria, sparking mixed reactions over potential job losses and impact on governance costs.

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Nasiru Eneji Abdulrasheed
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President Tinubu Orders Implementation of Oronsaye Report Amid Concerns

President Tinubu Orders Implementation of Oronsaye Report Amid Concerns

President Bola Tinubu has directed the implementation of the Oronsaye Report, which recommends merging, scrapping, or relocating 263 out of 541 federal agencies in Nigeria. The report, which has been awaited for 12 years, aims to reduce governance costs by restructuring and rationalizing federal government entities.

The implementation of the report has generated mixed reactions among Nigerians. Supporters believe it will improve efficiency and reduce the cost of governance, while others are concerned about potential job losses resulting from the restructuring. The report suggests reducing the 541 statutory and non-statutory federal government parastatals, agencies, and commissions to 161, abolishing 38 agencies, merging 52 agencies, and converting 14 into ministries or departments.

Why this matters: The implementation of the Oronsaye Report is seen as a critical step in addressing Nigeria's economic challenges and streamlining the government's operations. The report's recommendations have the potential to significantly impact the country's governance structure and the lives of many Nigerians employed in the affected agencies.

Previous attempts to implement the report faced challenges, and the current implementation is seen by some as a political move, given the large size of Tinubu's cabinet. The government has established an eight-member committee to oversee the necessary legislative amendments and administrative restructuring required for the implementation within a 12-week timeframe.

The report's implementation is considered necessary to address the current economic challenges and other issues facing the nation. However, concerns remain over potential job losses and the irony of Tinubu's large cabinet, which is noted to be the largest in Nigerian history and contradicts the motive to cut down the cost of governance.

As the implementation process unfolds, Nigerians await the outcome and impact of the Oronsaye Report on the country's governance structure. The eight-member committee tasked with overseeing the necessary legislative amendments and administrative restructuring has a critical role in ensuring a smooth transition and addressing the concerns raised by various stakeholders.

Key Takeaways

  • President Tinubu directs implementation of Oronsaye Report to merge, scrap, or relocate 263 of 541 federal agencies.
  • Report aims to reduce governance costs by restructuring federal government entities, generating mixed reactions among Nigerians.
  • Report suggests reducing 541 agencies to 161, abolishing 38, merging 52, and converting 14 into ministries/departments.
  • Implementation faces challenges, with concerns over potential job losses and contradictions with Tinubu's large cabinet.
  • An 8-member committee is tasked with overseeing legislative amendments and administrative restructuring within 12 weeks.