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Nigeria inaugurates committee to implement restructuring of ministries, parastatals

Vice President Namadi Sambo

The Federal Government wants to embark on the restructuring of its parastatals, commissions and agencies.

The Federal Government has inaugurated an implementation committee for the White Paper on the restructuring and rationalisation of its agencies, parastatals and commissions.

In August 2011, President Goodluck Jonathan inaugurated a Committee on the Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies to review previous efforts at restructuring federal parastatals, look at the mandates of existing agencies and parastatals and make appropriate recommendations to eliminate overlaps, duplications, and redundancies.

The committee was also to classify agencies, parastatals and commissions into sectors; and advise on ways to reduce the cost of governance. The Committee chaired by Stephen Oronsaye submitted its report in April 2012.

Subsequently, the Federal Government set up a White Paper Drafting Committee, headed by the Attorney General of the Federation, Mohammed Adoke, to study the findings and produce a draft White Paper.

The White Paper was produced and gazetted and issued in March 2014, springing up another committee to implement the white paper.

Members of the implementation committee include: Secretary to the Government of the Federation– Chairman, Attorney General and Minister of Justice –Vice Chairman, Head of the Civil Service of the Federation – Member, Minister of Aviation – Member, Minister of Education – Member, Minister of Finance – Member, Minister of Health – Member, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment – Member, Minister of Science and Technology – Member, Minister of Tourism, Culture & National Orientation-Member, Chairman, Federal Civil Service Commission- Member, Director General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms -Secretary

Speaking at the inauguration, Vice President Namadi Sambo listed the Terms of Reference of the Implementation Committee to include: exercising overall responsibility for the implementation of the White Paper on the Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Agencies, Parastatals and Commissions; Design guidelines, ensure effective coordination and monitoring of the implementation process; supervise, consider and decide on the recommendations of the four (4) Sub-Committees on the implementation of the White Paper; and to advise government on any other matter(s) that would further facilitate the achievement of the key objectives for the restructuring and rationalization of federal government’s agencies and parastatals

“The work of the Implementation Committee of the White Paper on Restructuring and Rationalization of Federal Government Agencies, Parastatals and Commissions is urgent and important.
“I urge members to pursue the terms of reference with the vigour, urgency and patriotism that the task requires,” the vice president said.

According to Mr. Sambo, “apart from reducing the cost of governance, government’s ultimate objective is to ensure that parastatals, commissions and agencies are performing optimally and delivering effective and efficient services to Nigerians, in line with Mr. President’s Transformation Agenda”.

He added that he was pleased to learn that the Bureau of Public Service Reforms is currently conducting a study on some of “our world-class parastatals and agencies, such as the Federal Inland Revenue Service, the Debt Management Office, the Bureau of Public Procurement, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control, the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the Central Bank of Nigeria, among others, to ascertain the reasons for their success, in order to pass on the lessons to other parastatals and agencies”.

On behalf of the committee, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, thanked the Vice President for the confidence reposed on members of the committee and promised that the committee would deliver on its mandate.

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