Jonathan or­ders im­ple­men­ta­tion of white paper on Oron­saye re­port

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Isi­aka Wak­ili

Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan has di­rected that a com­mit­tee be set up to im­ple­ment the White Paper on the re­port of the Pres­i­den­tial Com­mit­tee on Re­struc­tur­ing and Ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion of Federal Govern­ment Paras­tatals, Com­mis­sions and Agencies.

The pres­i­dent di­rected the Sec­re­tary to the Govern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion, Se­na­tor Anyim Pius Anyim and the Head of Ser­vice of the Fed­er­a­tion, Al­haji Boni Aji, to con­sti­tute the com­mit­tee.

In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Labaran Maku said Jonathan is­sued the di­rec­tive yes­ter­day at the Federal Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil (FEC) meet­ing.

Maku said to com­mence the ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion, the com­mit­tee would work on the merger of the agencies and paras­tatals al­ready marked for merger.

He said the pres­i­dent as­sured the coun­cil that the govern­ment would be mov­ing fast in im­ple­ment­ing the 105page White Paper to cut cost, en­sure ef­fi­ciency and en­hance pro­duc­tiv­ity in civil ser­vice.

“You’d re­call that the White Paper on the re­port of the Oron­saye re­port on the re­struc­tur­ing of agencies has al­ready been pub­li­cised. The pres­i­dent said we’ll be mov­ing ahead quickly in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the doc­u­ment be­cause his ad­min­is­tra­tion is very se­ri­ous in bring­ing down the cost of gov­er­nance and en­sur­ing more ef­fi­ciency.

“He has there­fore di­rected the SGF and the Head of Ser­vice to put up a com­mit­tee for his ap­proval to work on the merger of the agencies that have been marked for merger to cut cost and make them more ef­fec­tive,” the min­is­ter said.

In the White Paper, the govern­ment en­dorsed the rec­om­men­da­tion of the merger of the Nige­rian Airspace Man­age­ment Agency (NAMA), the Nige­rian Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity (NCAA) and the Nige­rian Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Agency (NIMET).

The three avi­a­tion paras­tatals will be fused into a new agency to be known as the Federal Civil Avi­a­tion Author­ity; while their re­spec­tive en­abling laws would be amended ac­cord­ingly to re­flect the merger.

Ac­cord­ing to the doc­u­ment, the govern­ment has also ap­proved the scrap­ping of the Na­tional Poverty Erad­i­ca­tion Pro­gramme (NAPEP) and the Fis­cal Re­spon­si­bil­ity Com­mis­sion (FRC).

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