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Tinubu Orders Major Government Agencies Merged and Scrapped to Reduce Expenses

By Zakariyya Aliyu Gwaram

On February 26, 2024, President Bola Tinubu initiated the full application of the Oronsaye report, leading to significant restructuring within the governmental framework.

This restructuring involves the consolidation, elimination, and reassignment of numerous government agencies, as disclosed by Mohammed Idris, the Minister of Information and National Orientation, following the Federal Executive Council meeting in Abuja.

Idris highlighted that, under President Tinubu’s directive, the government is taking decisive steps to implement the Oronsaye Report, aiming at optimizing the efficiency of government operations. This entails the dissolution and alteration of various agencies and departments, with some being absorbed into others or relocated to different ministries for better functionality.

To oversee these changes, President Tinubu has established a committee tasked with executing the report’s recommendations within a 12-week timeframe, announced by his Special Adviser on Policy Coordination, Mrs. Hadiza Bala-Usman.

Originally submitted in 2012, the Oronsaye report suggested comprehensive public sector reforms, proposing a reduction in the number of federal government parastatals, commissions, and agencies from 541 to a more manageable count, alongside merging and abolishing certain entities for streamlined governance.

These reforms are rooted in the work of a committee formed by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011, led by ex-Head of Civil Service, Stephen Oronsaye. The report aims to enhance efficiency by recommending significant cuts and consolidations in the government’s bureaucratic structure, including suggestions to merge Nigeria’s principal anti-corruption bodies into a singular entity.


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