The Presidential Committee on the Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies has submitted its report to President Goodluck Jonathan.
Presenting the report to President Jonathan at the Presidential Villa on Monday, April 16, the committee, headed by former Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye, recommended that the existing 541 Ministries, Departments and Agencies, including 263 statutory bodies, be reduced to 163.
According to the report, while some MDAs should be scrapped outright, others are to be merged for greater efficiencies in the light of new technological and international service standards.
The committee, which was inaugurated on August 18, 2011, had the following terms of reference:
i) to study and review all previous reports/records on the restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals and advise on whether they are still relevant;
ii) to examine the enabling Acts of all the Federal Agencies, Parastatals and Commissions and classify them into various sectors;
iii) to examine critically, the mandates of the existing Federal Agencies, Parastatals and Commissions and determine areas of overlap or duplication of functions and make appropriate recommendations to either restructure, merge or scrap to eliminate such overlaps, duplication or redundancies; and
iv)to advise on any other matter(s) that is incidental to the foregoing which may be relevant to the desire of Government to prune the cost of governance.