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Reps Set up 23-Member Ad-hoc C’ttee on Oronsaye’s Report Implementation

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By Ubong Ukpong, Abuja

The House of Representatives on Thursday, set up a 23-man Ad-hoc Committee to look into the Steve Oronsaye’s Report on the restructuring of Federal Government Ministries, Parastatals, Commissions, and Agencies.

This was just as it emphasized the need for President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to thoroughly review the Report on the proposed restructuring.

Recall that President Tinubu last week approved the full implementation of the White Paper on Steve Oronsanye’s report, which recommended the scrapping and merging of 220 out of the 541 MDAs.

Hon. Abbas, who announced the Ad-hoc Committee to be chaired by Majority Leader, Hon. Julius Ihonbvere, explained that the Ad-hoc Committee will recommend the appropriate measures to mitigate the likely fallout of the review process of Steve Oronsanye’s report on

In a related development, the House, which suffered with the process adopted by Mr.

President, called for a comprehensive review of the 2012 Orosanye Report, the Goni Aji Report, which reviewed the Orosanye Report, the White Paper released by the President Jonathan administration, the Ama Pepple White Paper, and the Ebele Okeke White Paper in line with current realities, while considering implementable alternatives that are in tune with current realities and which at the same time would have minimum unintended consequences, impacts, implications, and outcomes.

The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion of urgent public importance jointly sponsored by Hon. Kama Nkemkanma, Hon. Olumide Osoba and Hon. Gaza Gbwefi

In his lead debate, Hon. Nkemkanma observed that “in 2012, the President Goodluck Jonathan administration set up the Presidential Committee on the Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions, and Agencies, headed by Stephen Oronsaye, a retired federal civil servant and former Head of Service of the Federation.

“The House is aware that the Oronsaye Committee, after their painstaking assignment, recommended the scrapping and merging of 220 out of the then existing 541 government agencies.

“The House is also aware that the Committee’s 800-page report noted that the government’s parastatals and agencies’ functions are overlapping and therefore recommended the reduction of statutory agencies from 263 to 161, the abolition of 38 agencies, the merger of 52 and the reversion of 14 to departments in ministries, and the management audit of 89 agencies capturing biometric features of staff, as well as the discontinuation of government funding of professional bodies and councils.

“The House is again aware that the Oronsaye Report said then that if the committee’s recommendation was implemented, the government would be saving over N862 billion between 2012 and 2015, with a breakdown that showed that about N124.8 billion would be reduced from agencies proposed for abolition; about N100.6 billion from agencies proposed for mergers; about N6.6 billion from professional bodies; N489.9 billion from universities; N50.9 billion from polytechnics; N32.3 billion from colleges of education; and N616 million from boards of federal medical centres.

“The House is further aware that after the committee’s report, the White Paper committee set up by Jonathan’s administration rejected most of the recommendations, while those accepted were not implemented.

“The House notes that in November 2021, the President Muhammadu Buhari administration inaugurated two committees; one of the committees, chaired by Goni Aji, a retired Head of Civil Service of the Federation, was to review the Orosanye report, and the second committee, chaired by Ama Pepple, also a retired Head of Civil Service of the Federation, was constituted to review agencies created between 2014 and 2021.

“The House also notes that upon submission of their reports, the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government in July 2022 set up another committee chaired by Ebele Okeke, a former Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, to produce a white paper on the reports.

“The House is worried that the full implementation of a report 12 years after it was first made, which ordinarily may be described as outdated, especially because of how dynamic society, economy, politics, technology, and all facets of our national life have been,.

“The House is concerned that, contrary to the assumption that the full implementation of the report would reduce the cost of governance, with the current realities, the full implementation of the report will not substantially reduce the cost of governance as it does not reflect the current situation in the Public Service of the Federation.

“The House is deeply worried that the full implementation of the 2012 Oronsaye report in 2024 will certainly have unintended consequences, implications, and outcomes. It is committed to supporting all positive actions and policies of the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu administration that have minimum unintended consequences, impacts, implications, and outcomes.

“The House is cognizant of the primary purpose of government being the security and welfare of the citizens as enshrined in Section 14(2)(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended),” he noted.

The lawmakers also urged the Federal Government to develop and implement policies that will reposition the agricultural sector, the solid mineral sector, and the informal sector, which will serve as alternatives to those that may be laid off consequently while at the same time spurring economic growth.

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Tinubu Mourns Ex-Minister, Ogbonnaya Onu

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President Bola Tinubu has extended his deepest condolences to the Onu family over the passing of Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, a former Minister of Science and Technology in the Buhari administration.

Chief Onu passed away on Thursday at the age of 72.

“The President mourns a luminous star in Nigeria’s political firmament.

The first civilian governor of Abia State; former minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, a principal draughtsman in the founding of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and a valiant partner in the victory of the party in the 2015 elections.
 

“Most importantly, the President celebrates the life of an accomplished scholar, first-class engineer; a man of proven integrity; defiant to indiscipline, but ever yielding to the highest standards of rectitude,” a statement by Chief Ajuri Ngelale, Presidential spokesman quoted the President to have said.

The statement said Tinubu affirmed that the late Onu epitomized Nigeria in concord; in wholeness, as the late statesman believed in and defended Nigeria’s unity, advocated peace, and promoted fellowship across the Niger.

The President also condoled with the friends and associates of Chief Onu, Ebonyi and Abia State Governments, and all Nigerians grieving this gaping loss.

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PDP Appoints Chinda as Chairman for Ondo LG Congress, Ahead of Primaries

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has appointed Rep. Kingsley Chinda as the Chairman, Local Government Congress Electoral Committee for Ondo, ahead of Saturday’s governorship primaries.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Debo Ologunagba said this in a statement on Friday in Abuja.

Ologunagba said that the constitution of the committee was approved by the National Working Committee (NEC) of the party.

“The committee members are to serve on the local government Congress Electoral Committee to conduct National Delegates Congress for the purpose of electing one national delegate per local government area in Ondo,” he said.

Ologunagba said that the congress would hold at the Collation Center of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in each of the local government areas of the state.

Ologunagba advised all the governorship aspirants, leaders, critical stakeholders and members in Ondo to take note and be guided accordingly.(NAN)

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Gov. Idris Cautions Against Using Pulpit for Political, Personal Interest

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Gov. Nasir Idris of Kebbi has urged Islamic scholars to stop using the pulpit to advance their political and selfish interest.

Idris gave the advice when he received the Emir of Gwandu, Alhaji Muhammad Bashir, who paid him Sallah homage at the Government House in Birnin Kebbi on Thursday.

“It is glaring that some Ulama mount the pulpit or use Tafsir sessions to castigate leaders and cast aspersions on their persons for smear campaign or self fulfilment.

“I am also not immuned from such acts; such unholy attitude must cease, to safeguard the sanctity of religion and protect the dignity of leaders,” the governor said.

The Ulama, he emphasised, should uphold their value as moulders of good character and morality and stop soiling the faith because of their personal aggrandisement.

Idris, who holds the traditional title of Kauran Gwandu, acknowledged the support and cooperation of Gwandu Emirate Council to his administration.

He urged the traditional institution in the state to sustain prayers for peace and prosperity in the country.

The governor also expressed happiness with the resuscitation of the annual Durbar,  which was suspended for many years.

“For a long time, Durbar has not been staged by the Gwandu Emirate Council until now while I am the governor of the state.

“Being my first observance of the Eid-el Fitr as sitting Chief Executive, I am highly impressed with the colourful event,” he said.

Idris assured people of the state that his administration would pursue ongoing reforms aimed at economic growth and development of infrastructure in the state.

Earlier, the Emir, reprsented by Alhaji Abdullahi Umar, the Wazirin Gwandu, pledged the support and loyalty of the emirate council to the state government.

He commended the governor for the remarkable achievements being recorded across the state, including turning the state capital to a modern city.

The emir led an enchanting durbar procession from the palace to the government house, watched by thousands of residents.

(NAN)

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