As part of effort to cut costs and ensure efficiency in the civil service, President Goodluck Jonathan has ordered the implementation of the White Paper presented by the Presidential Committee on Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and agencies, known as Oronsaye report.
The President after weekly Federal Executive Council meeting on Wednesday directed the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim, and the Head of Service of the Federation, Alhaji Boni Aji, to constitute a committee that would implement the report.
According to the Minister of Information, Mr. Labaran Maku, the committee to be set up would work on the merger of the agencies that have been marked for merger, adding that the President has also indicated that a special committee would be set up to look at other sectors of the economy that need more attention in the wake of the recent rebasing of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
He said, “You will recall that the White Paper on the report of the Oronsaye report on the restructuring of agencies has already been publicised.
“The President said we will be moving ahead quickly in the implementation of the document because his administration is very serious in bringing down the cost of governance and ensure more efficiency.
“He has therefore directed the SGF and the Head of Service to put up a committee for his approval to work on the integration of the agencies that have been marked for merger to cut cost and make them more effective.”
The Federal Government had in the 105-page White Paper, approved the merger of three aviation agencies – the Nigerian Airspace Management Agency (NAMA), the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), and the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NMA).
The government also approved the scrapping of the National Poverty Eradication Programme and the Fiscal Responsibility Commission.