Tinubu To Implement Oronsaye Report
Information reaching Naija News House says that Tinubu To Implement Oronsaye Report
A member representing Ovia Federal Constituency of Edo State in the House of Representatives, Mr. Dennis Idahosa, has urged President Bola Tinubu to implement the recommendations of the Steve Oronsaye report on the civil service.
Idahosa, who is the immediate past chairman of the House Committee on Legislative Compliance, noted that there was no better time to do so than now.
The lawmaker opined that implementation of the report would cut wastage in government as well as strengthen the civil service.
Idahosa, who lauded the actions so far taken by President Tinubu to save the nation’s economy, added that the dwindling revenue of the country in the face of increasing demand for infrastructural development, high debt burden, and better welfare for the citizens, posed a great danger to the survival of the country.
Idahosa made the call in a press statement he personally endorsed, and made available to newsmen in Benin on Monday.
He noted that it was as a result that there had been increased and sustained campaigns for cost-cutting measures in governance across the board.
The lawmaker said that the Oronsaye committee revealed a high level of competition among several overlapping agencies, which had not only created ill feelings among government agencies, but also brought about unnecessary wastage in government expenditure.
It would be recalled that the Oronsaye committee submitted an 800-page report on April 16, 2012, which recommended the abolition and merger of 102 government agencies and parastatals, while some were listed to be self-funding.
The committee also recommended, among other things, the discontinuation of government funding of professional bodies and councils.
These measures were meant to free funds for the implementations of government programmes.
Idahosa, however, regretted that ten years later, no administration had mustered the courage and political will to implement the report.
He allayed the fear that the implementation of the Oronsaye’s committee report would lead to job loss in the federal civil service.
He also said that the National Assembly (NASS) would give legislative backing for the report implementation where necessary.
According to him, “I must commend the move so far by President Bola Tinubu’s efforts to stopping the hemorrhage in the nation’s economy since he took over the reign of power on May 29th.
“The far reaching decisions such as removal of fuel subsidy and unification of exchange rate, would free up revenue to implement policies and programmes aimed at bettering the lives of Nigerians.
“However, I am urging the President to also look other ways to free more revenue such as the implementation of the Steve Oronsaye committee report that was set up by President Goodluck Jonathan administration.
“But, sadly, the government, rather than reduce, harmonise or merge some agencies as recommended in the report, has gone ahead to establish more agencies.
“It is better we endure the short term effect of the inconveniences that will come with the implementation, and later enjoy the long term effect, than to further delay its implementation,” he stated.
The lawmaker who concluded with a call to Nigerians to be patient as President Tunubu continued with his reforms, assured that those reforms would at the end led to the enthronement of good governance in Nigeria.