What Is Orosanye Report as FEC Adopts Its Recommendations

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Orosanye Report
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The Federal Executive Council (FEC), on Monday, February 26, approved the adoption of the , aimed at the reduction of cost of governance, for implementation.

Ejes Gist Media reports that the Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, disclosed this to journalists during a media briefing after the FEC meeting, which was presided over by President .

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According to Idris, the adoption of the report means that some agencies, commissions and departments of government would be scrapped, some merged, some subsumed under some others and others moved under new ministries where they are supposed to perform better.

What is Orosanye Report? 

The Orosanye Report is a set of recommendations aimed at reducing the cost of governance in Nigeria. It was commissioned by President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 and led by Steve Oronsanye, a former Head of the Federal Civil Service. The report, submitted in 2012, proposes various strategies to achieve this goal.

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This committee was headed by Mr. Stephen Oronsaye, a former Head of Service of the Federation in Nigeria. The report, officially titled “Presidential Committee on the Rationalization and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions, and Agencies,” was presented to the Nigerian government in 2012.

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Here’s a breakdown of the key points:

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1. Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions, and Agencies (PACs):

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  • Merger: The report recommended merging 52 PACs with overlapping functions into more efficient entities.
  • Scrapping: It suggested scrapping 38 PACs deemed unnecessary or no longer relevant.
  • Downgrading: The report proposed converting 14 PACs into departments within existing ministries to reduce redundancy.

2. Reform of the Federal Civil Service:

  • Hiring Freeze: The report recommended a freeze on new government recruitments to control personnel costs.
  • Rationalization of Salaries and Benefits: It called for reviewing and potentially reducing salaries and benefits for government workers to align with economic realities and ensure fairness across different sectors.
  • Performance-Based System: The report advocated for adopting a performance-based system to incentivize efficiency and productivity among government employees.

3. Other Recommendations:

  • Review of Government Subventions: The report recommended reviewing and potentially eliminating subsidies for state-owned enterprises (SOEs) to encourage financial independence and market efficiency.
  • Streamlining of Government Processes: It advocated for streamlining government processes to reduce bureaucracy and improve efficiency.
  • Strengthening Anti- Measures: The report suggested strengthening anti-corruption measures to tackle waste and mismanagement of public funds.

Overall, the Orosanye Report represents a significant discussion point regarding government spending and efficiency in Nigeria. It continues to be debated and referenced in the context of ongoing efforts to manage public finances.

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