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20 Insights Into Oronsaye Report As EFCC, FRSC, Others Set For Merger

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After years of clamour by Nigerians, President Bola Tinubu on Monday ordered the full implementation of the Oronsaye report.

By implementing the report, several agencies of the government would be merged, subsumed, scrapped, and relocated. ⁣

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, revealed this to State House correspondents after Monday’s Federal Executive Council meeting at the Aso Rock Villa, Abuja. ⁣

Here are things to know about the report

– President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration, in 2012, set up the Presidential Committee on the Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies.

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– The committee was headed by a retired federal civil servant and former Head of Service of the Federation, Stephen Oronsaye.

– After their painstaking assignment, the committee recommended the scrapping and merging of 220 out of the then existing 541 government agencies.

– If implemented, no fewer than 102 heads of agencies and parastatals will lose their jobs.

– The committee’s 800-page report noted that the government’s parastatals and agencies’ functions are overlapping.

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– The committee recommended the reduction of statutory agencies from 263 to 161.

– The committee recommended the abolition of 38 agencies, the merger of 52 and the reversion of 14 to departments in ministries.

– The committee also recommended the management audit of 89 agencies capturing biometric features of staff as well as the discontinuation of government funding of professional bodies/councils.

– Oronsaye said then that if the committee’s recommendation was implemented, the government would be saving over N862 billion between 2012 and 2015.

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– The breakdown 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.

– If implemented, agencies that may be affected include the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, and Federal Road Safety Commission.

– Other agencies cited doing overlapping functions are the Nigerian Communication Satellite Limited, the National Broadcasting Commission and the Nigeria Communications Commission in the area of frequency allocation.

– Also, the Universal Basic Education Commission, Nomadic Education Commission, and National Mass Literacy Commission are performing overlapping functions and should be brought under one body.

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– The committee again believes NTA, FRCN, and VON should be under one management.

– 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.

– In November 2021, the Federal Government inaugurated two committees; one of the committees was to review the Orosanye report and its white paper chaired by Goni Aji, a retired Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

– The second committee was constituted to review agencies created from 2014 till date, chaired by Amal Pepple, also a retired Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.

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– Upon submission of their reports, the 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.

– Speaking during the presentation of the white paper to the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, in Abuja, Okeke stressed that it is important to discuss with the leadership of the National Assembly to achieve the desired result, adding that most of the agencies created were products of bills from the National Assembly.

– She said, “The committee observed that the legal framework/enabling Act of some of the PACs did not clearly define structure, management, and oversight. Most of the laws were used by agency, commission and board interchangeably. For instance, where the organisation is defined as a commission, the provisions of the law did not support the structure of a commission. In this regard, the committee recommended a change in status/name, and amendment of the Act/Law.

“The committee observed that most of the agencies created (especially under Education and Health) were Bills that emanated from the National Assembly. It is, therefore, important to engage and dialogue with the National Assembly to generate an understanding to streamline the creation of new PACs.

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“It is noteworthy that some of the recommendations can be considered as low-hanging fruits that can be implemented immediately after approval of the white paper.”

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Federal Gov’t Plans Supplementary Budget To Finance New Minimum Wage

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The Federal Government is preparing a supplementary budget for the 2024 fiscal year to support the implementation of a new minimum wage for workers.

This was revealed by the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting at the Stats House on Monday.

The development comes as part of ongoing efforts to address the Organised Labour’s concerns and establish a fair wage structure for all Nigerians.

Speaking after the FEC meeting presided over by President Bola Tinubu, Idris revealed that the government has directed the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to develop additional financial support for the 2024 budget.

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This move aims to bridge any gap between the previously approved 2024 budget and the requirements of the proposed new minimum wage.

He explained that this would cover any differential or any gap that would exist in terms of what existed before the 2024 budget was approved.

He said, “now, you are also aware that last week, the Nigeria Labour Congress met the President. This, of course, was part of the consultation that the President has agreed.

“Recall that he had met the Organised Sector, he had also met subnationals after the tripartite committee on Labour had submitted its report.

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“In order to ensure that there is a thorough analysis of the situation so that government would come up with a minimum wage that works for all Nigerians, federal government, the subnationals and the organised private sector.

“That was also discussed today. And government has also directed the Ministry of Budget to also come up with additional support for the 2024 budget, so that any differential or any gap that will exist in terms of what existed before 2024 budget was approved, a supplementary budget and also what the requirement is for now.

“So, government is working around the clock to ensure that it comes up with a minimum wage, like I said, that works for all Nigerians. At the end of the day, this of course will be submitted to the National Assembly so that you can have legislative backing.”

He also revealed that President Tinubu has been scheduled to meet with the NLC, Trade Union Congress (TUC), and their affiliates on Thursday.

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The meeting is expected to be a crucial step in finalizing the new minimum wage proposal before it is submitted to the National Assembly for legislation.

Idris emphasised the government’s determination to resolve the wage issue, stating that government was working around the clock to ensure that it comes up with a new minimum wage that works for all Nigerians.

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Daughter Of Former Borno State Deputy Governor Loses Her Husband 5 months After Wedding

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Family members, friends and the couple’s wedding photographer, Maigaskiya Studio, confirmed the sad news on social media.

Yasmin, the daughter of former Borno State Deputy Gov. Adamu Shettima Yuguda Dibal, has lost her husband, Abdulrahman Sabo Maina

Maina lost his life 5 months after they tied the knot.

Abdulrahman passed away on Sunday morning, July 14, 2024.

The couple got married in February 2024.

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Family members, friends and the couple’s wedding photographer, Maigaskiya Studio, confirmed the sad news on social media.

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Tribunal Sacks Reps Member In Sokoto

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The National and State Houses of Assembly Election Petition Tribunal for Sokoto/Zamfara states sitting in Sokoto on Monday sacked a member of the National Assembly representing Yabo/Shagari Federal Constituency, Umar Yusuf Yabo, popularly called Danmaje.

The three-judge Tribunal, in a unanimous ruling, further ordered the sacked lawmaker to pay N500,000 as damages to the petitioner as cost award.

The Tribunal Chairman, Justice Ashu A.Ewah, declared that the elections of Danmaje as a member of the House of Representatives null and void.

Other members of the tribunal are Justice Helen HammanJoda and Justice Ali Changbo.

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Justice Ewah said the election which was conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in 2023 and a rerun in February 2024, was marred with malpractices.

The Tribunal ordered INEC to organise and conduct another rerun within the next 90 days.

The election is to be conducted in two affected polling units of Shagari Local Government Area.

The Tribunal further ordered INEC to withdraw the certificate of return issued to Danmaje.

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The lawmaker, who contested on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), defeated his closest opponent Abubakar Umar of the All Progressives Congress (APC) with 27,042 to 25,738 after the initial court-ordered rerun in the state.

Meanwhile, Danmaje said he would appeal the the judgement of the Tribunal.

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