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List of Agencies that may face elimination with Tinubu’s adoption of Oronsaye report

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President Bola Tinubu has given the directive for the comprehensive execution of the Oronsaye report.

Consequently, the government has revealed plans to merge, incorporate, abolish, and relocate multiple agencies.

In 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan set up the Presidential Committee on Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions, and Agencies, naming Mr. Steve Oronsaye as the Chairman.

A former private sector professional, Oronsaye made the transition to senior civil service roles, eventually becoming the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

The Oronsaye report, submitted in 2012, highlighted the presence of 541 Federal Government parastatals, commissions, and agencies, both as statutory and non-statutory bodies.

An extensive 800-page document, the report proposed reducing statutory agencies from 263 to 161, discontinuing 38 agencies, merging 52, and converting 14 into departments under various ministries.

Below is a compilation of various agencies that might be abolished if the Oronsaye report is wholly enforced as directed by President Tinubu:

  • The report suggests consolidating the Code of Conduct Bureau, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, and Independent Corrupt Practices and Related Offences Commission into a single entity.
  • The Fiscal Responsibility Commission and the National Salaries, Income, and Wages Commission may be dissolved, with their functions integrated into the Revenue Mobilisation, Allocation, and Fiscal Commission.
  • The fate of the Salaries and Wages Income Commission seems similarly precarious.
  • Among the 38 Federal Agencies recommended for extinction are the Public Complaints Commission, National Poverty Eradication Programme, Utilities Charges Commission, National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS, and National Intelligence Committee, amongst others.
  • The National Agency for the Control of HIV/AIDS could be absorbed as a department under the Centre for Disease Control within the Federal Ministry of Health.
  • There is a proposal to merge the National Emergency Management Agency with the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants, and Internally Displaced Persons.
  • The abolition of the Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa is suggested, with its functions, along with those of the Technical Aids Corps, transferred to a suitable department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
  • The Infrastructure Concessionary and Regulatory Commission could merge with the Bureau of Public Enterprises for enhanced synergy, requiring corresponding amendments to their enabling legislations.
  • A new entity, the Federal Civil Aviation Authority, might be formed by combining the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority, and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency, necessitating adjustments to their legal frameworks.
  • The merger of the Nigerian Investment Promotion Council with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council is recommended for improved resource management and utilization.
  • The National Commission for Nomadic Education’s enabling law could be repealed, transferring the Commission’s functions to the Universal Basic Education Commission.
  • The National Council of Arts and Culture is proposed to merge with the National Theatre and the National Troupe to create a unified entity.
  • The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure may unite with the National Centre for Agricultural Mechanization and Project Development Institute.
  • The National Hajj Commission of Nigeria and the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission could be dissolved, with the government concentrating solely on providing consular services and vaccinations to potential pilgrims.
  • The committee suggests merging the Nigerian Communications Commission, the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission, and the regulatory roles of the Nigerian Postal Services.
  • The National Information Technology Development Agency might be integrated into the Ministry of Communication Technology.
  • The Nigerian Television Authority, Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria, and Voice of Nigeria could merge into the Federal Broadcasting Corporation of Nigeria.
  • The Nigerian Army University may merge with the Nigerian Defence Academy, functioning as a faculty within the institution.
  • The Air Force Institute of Technology may also operate as a faculty within the Nigerian Defence Academy.
  • The Debt Management Office could be transformed into an extra-ministerial department within the Federal Ministry of Finance.
  • The Public Health Department could be reverted to the Federal Ministry of Health.
  • The Nigerian Investment Promotion Council might merge with the Nigerian Export Promotion Council for improved resource management and utilization.
  • An essential recommendation from the committee is to discontinue government funding to professional bodies and councils. Thus, revising the Professional Bodies (Special Provisions) Act of 1972, mandating government financial assistance to these organizations, becomes imperative.
  • The compilation includes various professional councils and boards in Nigeria, such as the Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria, Computer Professionals Council of Nigeria, Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria, Nigeria Press Council, Architects Registration Council, Council for Registered Engineers of Nigeria, Estate Surveyors’ Registration Board, Town Planners Council, Nigerian Builders Council, Quantity Surveyors’ Registration Board of Nigeria, and Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers and Geoscientists.

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