No shortcut to Oronsaye’s report on MDAs’ restructuring – Reps

The House of Representatives Special Ad hoc Committee on Restructuring of Government Agencies and Commissions has disclosed that it goes beyond the Steven Oronsaye’s report, which was submitted to the government in 2012.

The committee has also assured that its mandate does not include rationalisation of staff, and so would not be recommending staff for retrenchment as being envisaged.

Chairman of the committee, Ibrahim Ayokunle Ishiaka, who led other members of the panel at a media briefing on Tuesday, said: “As you may be aware, the Oronsaye Report, which was published in 2012, highlighted various recommendations aimed at rationalizing and optimizing the operations of government agencies to enhance efficiency and cost-effectiveness, adding that the panel would be taking a look at about 110 bodies.

“It is imperative for us to revisit the recommendations of the Oronsaye Report and other pertinent White Papers to ensure that we are aligning our government structures with current realities, best practices, and the changing needs of our society.

“The world is evolving rapidly, and it is crucial that our government agencies and commissions are structured in a way that enables them to deliver on their mandates effectively and efficiently.

“Through this review process, we aim to identify redundancies, duplications, inefficiencies, and areas of improvement within the federal government agencies and commissions. Our goal is to apply the legislative approach in streamlining operations, eliminate duplication of functions, enhance service delivery, and optimize resource allocation. This review will be comprehensive and thorough, taking into cognizance the diverse perspectives and expertise available to us.

“We acknowledge the importance of stakeholder engagement in this process, and we will be seeking input from various stakeholders, including government officials, experts, civil society organizations, and the general public. Transparency, accountability, and inclusivity will be the guiding principles of our review process”.

Dismissing insinuations that some of the potential agencies liable to merger were planning to resist the move, the lawmaker said all agencies were creations of Acts of the parliament, and that any changes must also pass through the process of amendment, also by the parliament. “There’s no shortcut to that”, he said.

He disclosed that the Committee is set to commence public hearings from July 10, 2024 next week, as it has also open its doors for submission of memoranda from the public.

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