Nigeria to save over N300bn as the Federal Government readies to scrap or merge 400 out of the 541 MDAs next year, in line with the White Paper of Orosanye Report. The CBN, NNPC and many other agencies won’t be getting budgetary allocations in 2023. A summary of the Orosanye recommendations:
In 2011, Stephen Oronsaye submitted a report to downsize the federal service commission and eliminate the duplication of duties by the 541 Fed Govt parastatals, commissions, Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
Before becoming the Head of the Civil Service, Orosanye had a rich stint in the private sector and brought his experience of judiciously managing resources to bear on the Civil Service. Members of the committee included: Japh CT Nwosu; Rabiu D. Abubakar, Salman Mann; Hamza A. Tahir; Adetunji Adesunkanmi; and Umar Mohammed.
Recommendation was made for 263 of the statutory agencies to collapse into 161, a merger of 52 agencies, and the outright expungement of 38 redundant agencies while returning 14 as sub-units In ministries. And in 2014, a white paper was issued by Fed Govt to act upon the report.
The following statutory and non-statutory agencies are up for merger or out-and-out expulsion. Their previous budgetary allocations gleaned from open-source materials give us a ballpark of what could be saved when the NASS completes the repealing of some of the agencies.
- Merge the Nigerian Communications Commission, National Broadcasting Commission, and Nigerian Postal Service into one single commission called the Communications Regulatory Authority of Nigeria.
- The National Examinations Council (NECO) goes under the roof of the West African Examination Council (WAEC).
- Merge The Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, Voice of Nigeria and the Nigerian Television Authority to form the Federal Broadcasting Corporation of Nigeria.
- Scrap the Federal Road Safety Corps while putting the agency under the Highways Department of the Federal Ministry of Works, and their staffers were sent to the Police Service Commission and Vehicle Inspection Office.
- Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and the Code of Conduct Bureau become a single entity.
- The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria became privatised.
- National Inland Waterways goes under the roof of the Nigerian Ports Authority. The report say to abolish the National Rural Electrification Agency.
- Pull the plug on 23 research institutes and fund them through the National Research and Development Fund and research grants.
- The National Directorate of Employment and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria merge to become the National Agency for Job Creation and Empowerment.
- Privatise Nigerian Communication Satellite.
- Hajj and Christian Pilgrims Commissions funding from Govt should discontinue. Merge Administrative Staff College of Nigeria and the Public Service Institute of Nigeria.
- Repeal the law establishing the National Salaries and Wages Commission and transfer its functions to the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Responsibility Commission.
- The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission goes under the Bureau of Public Enterprise.
- The Border Communities Development Agency is to be absorbed by the National Boundary Commission.
- Cut recurrent expenditure funding of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies while maintaining the capital expenditure.
- Merge the National Emergency Management Agency and the National Commission for Refugees.
- The Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research is to be funded by a proposed National Research Development Fund.
- The National Agency for the Control of AIDS goes under the roof of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control.
- Privatise The Nigerian Communication Satellite.
- National Board for Technical Education and the National Commission for Colleges of Education to morph into the Tertiary Education Commission.
- Quit approving concurrent expenditure for the National Open University of Nigeria.
- The Nomadic Education Commission and Mass Literacy Council go under the wing of the Universal Basic Education Commission.
- The Federal Ministry of Environment and the Department of Petroleum Resources take over the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency.
- The Ministry of Environment assumes the functions of the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency.
- Scrap the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution and transfer its functions to the Department of Strategic Studies at the Nigerian Institute of International Affairs.
- Cut the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa.
- Federal Ministry of Trade and Investment to take over the functions of the Nigerian Copyright Commission (NCC) after repealing the law establishing NCC.
- Scrap the National Productivity Centre.
- Abolish the National Steel Raw Materials Exploration Agency and transfer its functions to the Nigerian Geological Survey Agency.
- Scrap National Metallurgical Development Centre, Jos, and Metallurgical Training Institute, Onitsha.
- Merge the Petroleum Products Pricing Regulatory Agency and the Petroleum Equalisation Fund. The Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board to accommodate the Petroleum Technology Development Fund.
- Scrap the Federal Ministry of Police Affairs and saddle its functions with the Ministry of Special Duties.
- Merger the National Council of Arts and Culture with the National Troupe of Nigeria and the National Theatre.
- Scrap The National Power Training Institute of Nigeria.
- Discard The National Centre for Technology Management.
- A proposed National Commission for Museums to be formed from the merger between the National Commission for Museums and Monuments with the National Gallery of Art.
- Abolish The Nigeria Institute for Hospitality and Tourism Development Studies, and its functions were taken over by the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation.
- Shut Down all 774 field offices of the National Orientation Agency and give the duties to the Public Communications Department in the Ministry of Information and Culture.
- Close down the duplicating National Institute for Cultural Orientation.
- Nigerian Import-Export Promotion Commission be formed after merging the Nigerian Export Promotion Council and the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission.
- Discard the National Centre for Automotive Design and Development Council.
- Do away with the Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority while transferring its functions to the Nigerian Export Processing Zone Authority.
- Stop funding the recurrent expenditure of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron but maintain the capital expenditure.
- Stop funding Nigeria Football Federation as advised by FIFA.
- Abolish Federal Character Commission and Fiscal Responsibility Commission.
However, the Federal Government is not prepared to sack workers, even as the President would decide what to reject and adopt out of the list.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.