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Orosanye: FG receives committee’s recommendations on restructuring of agencies, parastatals, others

The Federal Government has received the ‘Draft White Paper’ on Orosanye reports, submitted by the committee on restructuring/rationalisation of Federal Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions created…

The Federal Government has received the ‘Draft White Paper’ on Orosanye reports, submitted by the committee on restructuring/rationalisation of Federal Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions created between 2012 and 2021.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation(SGF), Mr Boss Mustapha, who received the reports on Thursday in Abuja, commended the committee for the completion of the assignment within the six weeks timeline given to them.

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He recalled President Muhammadu Buhari’s desire to restructure the public service in order to ensure efficiency, when he recently interacted with the Association of Senior Civil Servants (ASCS).

He said that the president had expressed the government’s commitment to the improvement of the condition of the service.

According to him, some of the recommendations by the white paper drafting committee would be considered as low hanging fruits that would be implemented immediately after approval.

He said the Federal Government had acknowledged the high cost of governance in Nigeria and revenue challenges being experienced in the midst of competing societal demands which are of serious concern to the government.

“All necessary things would be done to ensure that no sector was neglected. I have no doubt in my mind that the knowledge, experience and expertise members brought to bear in the cause of the assignment, would guide the Federal Government in addressing the high cost of governance and other associated problems.

“I am pleased to receive the report of the Engr. Ebele Okeke Committee that was constituted to draft a White Paper on the Amal Pepple Committee report on new Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions created between 2012 and 2021.

“This is a further demonstration of the Federal Government’s commitment to reposition the Public Service for effective service delivery,” Mustapha said.

Presenting the report, Mrs. Ebele Okeke, who was a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and the SGF for assigning the job to them.

According to her, in carrying out the assignment, the committee had taken into consideration, the current economic challenges and the requirement for government to utilize resources more efficiently in order to reduce cost of governance.

She also said that this is in addition to the need to develop diverse sources of revenue for government as well as encourage some agencies of government to be self-funding and the principle of building strong institutions to guarantee service delivery to the populace.

She said the committee had also considered the imperative to grow the economy, create employment and stay on the critical path to achieve development objectives.

She said that the terms of reference of the committee were to:

“Examine and evaluate the findings and recommendations contained in the Report of the Committee on the Review of New Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions (PACs) created after the submission of the Report on restructuring/rationalization of Federal Government Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions.

“Produce a Draft White Paper on the report for consideration by the Federal Government; develop implementation plan and key performance indicators; and submit the draft white paper within six weeks.”