FG scraps NAPEP, Fis­cal Com­mis­sion

Daily Trust - - FRONT PAGE - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

The Federal Govern­ment has re­solved to scrap the Na­tional Poverty Erad­i­ca­tion Pro­gramme and the Fis­cal Re­spon­si­bil­ity Com­mis­sion (FRC).

The FRC’s func­tions are now to be per­formed by the Rev­enue Mo­bil­i­sa­tion and Fis­cal Com­mis­sion (RMAFC).

The govern­ment ac­cepted that the Nige­rian Airspace Man­age­ment Agency (NAMA), the Nige­rian Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (NCAA) and the Nige­rian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency (NMA) be merged into a new body to be known as the Federal Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (FCAA) and their re­spec­tive en­abling laws amended ac­cord­ingly.

This is con­tained in the 105-page white paper on the re­port of the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mit­tee on Re­struc­tur­ing and Ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion of Federal Paras­tatals, Com­mis­sions and Agencies.

The white paper, dated March 2014, was yes­ter­day ob­tained by State House cor­re­spon­dents from the Of­fice of the At­tor­ney-Gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion.

It ac­cepted the rec­om­men­da­tion that the Na­tional Salaries, In­come and Wages Com­mis­sion’s en­abling law be re­pealed and the func­tions of the com­mis­sion be sub­sumed un­der the RMAFC.

The govern­ment ac­cepted that the prac­tice whereby cer­tain cat­e­gories of re­tirees are opt­ing out of con­trib­u­tory pen­sion scheme be stopped and di­rected that only the mil­i­tary may with­draw from the scheme.

Ac­cord­ing to the white paper, the Federal Govern­ment re­jected the rec­om­men­da­tion of the merger of Eco­nomic and Fi­nan­cial Crimes Com­mis­sion (EFCC), the In­de­pen­dent Cor­rupt Prac­tices and Other Re­lated Of­fences Com­mis­sion (ICPC) and the Code of Con­duct Bureau (CCB).

Ac­cord­ing to the white paper, the govern­ment re­jected the rec­om­men­da­tion for an amend­ment in name and sta­tus of the Federal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion to the Federal Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, but it how­ever ac­cepted the rec­om­men­da­tion for a sin­gle term of five years for the chair­man and mem­bers of the com­mis­sion.

The govern­ment also re­jected the rec­om­men­da­tion that In­fra­struc­ture Con­ces­sion and Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion be sub­sumed un­der the Bureau of Pub­lic En­ter­prises for greater syn­ergy.

It re­jected the rec­om­men­da­tion for the merger of Nige­rian Tele­vi­sion Author­ity (NTA), the Federal Ra­dio Cor­po­ra­tion of Nigeria (FRCN) and the Voice of Nigeria (VON) into one body to be known as the Federal Cor­po­ra­tion Broad­cast­ing of Nigeria (FCBN).

The Federal Govern­ment di­rected that the NTA be fully com­mer­cialised by 2013

It re­jected the rec­om­men­da­tion that the Federal Char­ac­ter Com­mis­sion be abol­ished but in­stead it should be strength­ened to per­form its con­sti­tu­tional roles.

The govern­ment also re­jected the rec­om­men­da­tion for an amend­ment in name and sta­tus of the Federal Civil Ser­vice Com­mis­sion to the Federal Pub­lic Ser­vice Com­mis­sion, but ac­cepted the rec­om­men­da­tion for a sin­gle term of five years for the chair­man and mem­bers of the com­mis­sion.

The govern­ment ac­cepted par­tial com­mer­cial­iza­tion of NIPOST.

It re­jected the rec­om­men­da­tion that govern­ment should dis­en­gage from fund­ing cur­rent ex­pen­di­ture of Na­tional In­sti­tute on Pol­icy and Strate­gic Stud­ies (NIPSS) from the 2015 fis­cal year and limit it­self to cer­tain es­sen­tial cap­i­tal re­quire­ment of the in­sti­tute.

It also re­jected the merger of Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Agency (NEMA) and the Na­tional Refugees Com­mis­sion into an agency to be known as the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment and Refugees Com­mis­sion.

It re­jected the rec­om­men­da­tion that the Act set­ting up Federal Road Safety Com­mis­sion (FRSC) be re­pealed and also di­rected that road Safety of the FRSC be re­verted to the high­ways depart­ment of the Federal Min­istry of Works.

The govern­ment re­jected the rec­om­men­da­tion that the en­abling law of the Na­tional Agency for the Con­trol of HIV/AIDS be re­pealed.

It also re­jected that the Na­tional Hajj Com­mis­sion of Nigeria and the Nige­rian Chris­tian Pil­grims Com­mis­sion be abol­ished and their func­tions trans­ferred to a depart­ment un­der the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs.

The govern­ment re­jected the rec­om­men­da­tion that govern­ment stops spon­sor­ing pil­grims and pil­grim­ages with ef­fect from 2012 Fis­cal year.

It also re­jected the pri­vati­sa­tion of the Federal Air­ports Author­ity of Nige­rian (FAAN ) in view of the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion of the coun­try.

It ac­cepted that JAMB should con­tinue to ex­ist as the cen­tral ex­am­i­na­tion body for ad­mis­sions into Nige­rian uni­ver­si­ties and di­rected that it must play its reg­u­la­tory role to en­sure that all stu­dents for un­der­grad­u­ate ad­mis­sions into Nige­rian uni­ver­si­ties must pass through JAMB in­clud­ing di­rect en­tries.

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