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Oronsaye report outdated, won’t reduce cost of governance — Falana

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Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has called the 12-year-old Steve Oronsaye Report, which recommends the merger of government organisations and commissions, “outdated.”

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria stated in a statement today that, contrary to popular assumption, the report will not “substantially reduce the enormous costs of governance in the country as it does not reflect the current situation in the public service”.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), presided by President Bola Tinubu, had yesterday authorised the full execution of the Oronsaye report.

According to the Special Adviser to the President on Policy Coordination, Hadiza Bala Usman, the action was motivated by the desire to cut governance costs and improve efficiency across the governance value chain.

However, Falana said, “No doubt, the implementation of some of the recommendations of the Panel will take appreciable time as the merger of certain bodies require constitutional amendments or repeal of a number of statutes.

“The 800-page report of the Steve Oronsaye Panel recommended the reduction of statutory agencies from 263 to 161, scrapping 38 agencies, merging 52, and reverting 14 to departments in different ministries,

“Since the Goodluck Jonathan administration produced a White Paper on the Steve Oronsaye Report in 2014, the Federal Government has created more ministries, departments and agencies.

“Whereas the Report recommended the reduction of 263 agencies to 151, the number of ministries, departments and agencies has increased to 1316. Even the current administration has increased the number of ministries and created new agencies. To that extent, the Steve Oronsaye Report is completely outdated.

“However, in implementing the Oronsaye Report the Federal Government should ensure that the crisis of insecurity is not compounded through the retrenchment of hundreds of thousands of workers.

“Instead of downsizing the public service the Federal Government should ensure that the two houses of the National Assembly are merged while the number of Ministers, Special Advisers, Senior Special Assistants and Special Assistants is significantly reduced.”

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