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Oronsaye report: Buhari asks SGF, HoS to scrap, merge some agencies

Oronsaye report: Buhari asks SGF, HoS to scrap, merge some agencies
April 30
08:22 2020

President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the implementation of a report submitted by the presidential committee on restructuring and rationalization of federal government parastatals, commissions and agencies during the Goodluck Jonathan administration.

Commonly called the Oransaye report, the 800-paged report had recommended the abolishment and merging of 102 government agencies and parastatals.

Zainab Ahmed, the minister of finance, budget and national planning, told Channels TV on Wednesday that the president’s approval has been forwarded to the head of civil service and secretary to the government of the federation.

“The president has approved that this administration should implement the Oransanye report,” Ahmed said.


“It has reviewed the whole of the size of government and has made very significant recommendations in terms of reducing the number of agencies and that would mean merging some agencies.

“This is a report that has been in place for a long time and there hasn’t been implementation but the president has approved that this should be implemented and we have conveyed Mr President’s approval to the arms of government that are responsible for this and that will be the office of the secretary of government and the head of civil service of the federation.”

Stephen Oransaye, a former head of civil service, had headed a committee set up by Buhari’s predecessor to identify civil service inadequacies.


At the time, the seven-man committee said the “rationalization of agencies, parastatals and commissions would have human dimensions and cost implications” and recommended that the government should focus on empowering the MDAs “to do more for less”.

At the time when the report was submitted, there were 541 government parastatals, commissions and agencies (statutory and non-statutory) in the country and the report recommended a reduction in the number of statutory agencies from 263 to 161.

At present, the number of federal agencies has increased and it is estimated to be close to 1,000.



  1. Hawico
    Hawico April 30, 12:24

    With the huge number of agencies, one would expect Nigeria to be functioning on auto pilot. But its not instead we overlapping of functions and redundancy in some agencies. Offcourse it means the cost or burden on the government of running all these agencies is ridiculous and not practical.

    I support the reduction. Its hoi g to cause hardship but it must be done fo Nigeria to move forward

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  2. Auditor
    Auditor April 30, 17:06

    I think doing that will be at the country advantage,though some might be affected in term job loss but this will reduce overhead constants make some other efficient used.there a lot of overlapping jobs with all this ministry and that is why we are having issue here and there. With time more will be reduce too.

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  3. UPREM
    UPREM May 01, 06:23

    This is a good thing in the right direction. God will help the implementation offices. Small is beautiful with accountability. MDAs are too many with overlapping functions.

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