The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr Boss Mustapha on Thursday, inaugurated a sub-committee for the implementation of government white paper on restructuring and rationalisation of parastatals, agencies and commissions.
Mustapha, who inaugurated the committees, said the event had cleared doubts of most Nigerians who might have considered it a seemingly
intractable challenge in the country’s drive to evolve a sustainable governance.
Represented by the head of the civil service of the federation Dr Folasade Yemi-Esan, the SGF said the event also signaled solid architecture for effective service delivery by the public service.
“I want to sincerely thank all of you for agreeing to serve on these committees.
“As you are aware, various administrations have been concerned with
different aspects of governance of the public service of Nigeria.
“And one of these areas has always been the increasing cost of governance without seeming concurrent productivity in the quality of service delivery.
“This had led to a number of reforms, some of which achieved their objectives, others did not while some were either truncated or not implemented at all,” he said.
According to him, some of the recent reforms and strategies being put in place had begun to show the potential of yielding desired results.
“Worthy of immediate mention is the Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FCSSIP) 2021 to 2025 and its
associated Revised Public Service Rules (PSR) as well as the introduction of Performance Management System (PMS),” he said.
According to him, it is in a bid to address this, amongst others, that the committee on the “Restructuring and Rationalisation” of Federal Government
Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies was constituted on August18, 2011 and submitted its report on April 16, 2012.
“The report recommended
that of the 541 Statutory and Non-Statutory Federal Government
Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions, 263 statutory agencies should be
reduced to 161, while 38 agencies should be abolished.
“52 agencies should be
merged, and 14 should revert back to departments in ministries.
“Subsequently, the white paper on the report was issued and
published in March, 2014 and was followed by the white paper
implementation committee inaugurated in May, 2014,” he said.
In her response, Ms Amal Pepple, a former Head of Service of the federation (HOCSF), who heads one of the committees, thanked the federal government on behalf of other members for the opportunity giving to them to serve the nation.
According to her, the challenge giving to them to provide solution has been lingering for a long time.
“I want to give glory to God for making today possible because the challenge we have been called upon to try and provide solution for has been lingering for a long time,” she said.
She, however, pledged to deliver its task within the six weeks duration approved by the federal government.