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Oronsaye Report: List of agencies, commissions, parastatals to be scrapped, merged, relocated, subsumed

Twelve years after it received the Stephen Oronsaye Report, the Federal Government, on Monday, approved the implementation of some of its recommendations to reduce the cost of governance.

Consequently, 29 government agencies will be merged, even as eight parastatals will be subsumed into eight other agencies.

Four agencies have also been relocated to four various ministries, while one was earmarked for scrapping.

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

Submitted in 2012, the Oronsaye report on public sector reforms revealed that there were 541 — statutory and non-statutory — Federal Government parastatals, commissions and agencies.

A year earlier, then-President Goodluck Jonathan had set up the Presidential Committee on Restructuring and Rationalization of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies, under the leadership of former Head of Civil Service, Stephen Oronsaye.

The 800-page report recommended that 263 of the statutory agencies be slashed to 161; 38 agencies be scrapped; 52 be merged and 14 be reverted to departments in various ministries.

The report also recommends that the law establishing the National Salaries and Wages Commission be repealed and its functions taken over by the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Responsibility Commission.

It advised the Federal Government to merge the nation’s top three anti-corruption agencies—the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission and the Code of Conduct Bureau.

Here are the agencies, commissions and parastatals affected

Agencies to be scrapped

1. Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate to be scrapped and functions transferred to the Federal Ministry of Finance.

2. National Senior Secondary Education Commission (NSSEC) to be scrapped and functions transferred to the department of Basic and Secondary Education in Federal Ministry of Education.

Agencies to be merged

1. National Agency for the Control of Aids (NACA) to be merged under the Centre for Disease Control in the Federal Ministry of Health.

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2. National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) to be merged with National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons [NCFRMI].

3. Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa (DTCA) to be merged with Directorate of Technical Aid (DTAC) and to function as a department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

4. Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission (ICRC) to be merged with Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE).

5. Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) to be merged with Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC).

6. National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) to be merged with National Centre for Agriculture Mechanization (NCAM) and Project Development Institute (PRODA).

7. National Biotechnology Development Agency (NABDA) to be merged with National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology (NACGRAB).

8. National Institute for Leather Science Technology (NILEST) to be merged with National Institute for Chemical Technology (NARICT).

9. The Nomadic Education Commission (NEC) to be merged with the National Commission for Mass Literacy, Adult Education and Non Formal Education.

10. Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) to be merged with Voice of Nigeria (VON).

11. The National Commission for Museums and Monuments to be merged with the National Gallery of Arts.

12. The National Theatre to be merged with the National Troupe of Nigeria.

13. The National Metallurgical Development Centre (NMDC) to be merged with National Metallurgical Training Institute (NMTI).

14. Nigerian Army University (NAUB) to be merged with the Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).

15. Airforce Institute of Technology (AFIT) to be merged Nigerian Defence Academy (NDA).

Agencies to be subsumed

1. Service Compact with all Nigerians (SERVICOM) to be subsumed to function as a department under Bureau for Public Service Reforms (BPSR).

2. Border Communities Development Agency (BCDA) to be subsumed to function as a department under the National Boundary Commission (NBC).

3. National Salaries, Income and Wages Commissioned (NSIWC) to be subsumed into Revenue Mobilization & Fiscal Allocation Commission (RMAFC).

4. Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution to be subsumed under Nigerian Institute of International Affairs (NIIA).

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5. Public Complaints Commission (PCC) to be subsumed under National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).

6. Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis (NITR) to be subsumed into Institute of Veterinary Research (VOM).

7. Nigerian Natural Medicine Development Agency (NNMDA) to be subsumed under the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD).

8. National Intelligence Agency Pension Commission to be subsumed under the administration of Nigerian Pension Commission (PenCom).

9. The Nigerian Film and Video Censors Board (NFVCB) to be subsumed as a department in the Ministry of Arts, Culture and Creative Economy.

Agencies to be relocated

1. Niger Delta Powerholding Company (NDHC) to be relocated to the Ministry of Power.

2. National Agricultural Land Development Agency [NALDA] to be relocated to the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

3. National Blood Service Commission to be converted into an Agency and relocated to the Federal Ministry of Health.

4. Nigerians in the Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) to be converted into an Agency and transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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