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Oronsaye report: What’s the fuss about?

Oronsaye report: What’s the fuss about?
February 28
17:23 2024

As I reflect on the recent directive by President Bola Tinubu to fully implement the Oronsaye report, a sense of hope and optimism fills my thoughts. Amid the myriad opinions and messages circulating in the media, this move feels like a step in the right direction for our nation at this time, especially when everything seems challenging, and some have resorted to taking to the streets in protest.

The Oronsaye report, initiated by former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2012, proposes a change in government agencies. The 800-page document recommends the scrapping and merging of 220 out of the then-existing 541 government agencies, aiming to streamline operations, eliminate redundancies, and save a substantial sum of N862 billion between 2012 and 2015. In the face of economic hardships, this fiscal responsibility is not just commendable but important for redirecting resources to areas that need it most.

It’s heartening to see a commitment to evaluating the functionality and efficiency of key bodies like the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices & Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC). While change often encounters resistance, recognizing this move towards enhancing overall effectiveness is important.

Having observed the different opinions in the media and the challenges faced in previous attempts to implement the report, President Tinubu’s dedication to revisiting the recommendations speaks volumes. It’s a reassurance that he is willing to adapt, learn, and make informed decisions for the greater good.

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The Renewed Hope administration has presented Nigeria with an opportunity for sustainable growth. The initiated reforms, such as removing fuel subsidy and liberalizing the exchange rate, are steps toward addressing longstanding economic challenges.

Despite these challenges, people must maintain faith in the president, trusting that positive changes are on the horizon. The concerns raised by Nigerians are real, and the protests in the streets reflect the frustrations felt by many. In light of these difficulties, it’s commendable that the president is navigating these complexities, and there’s hope that his leadership will bring about positive transformations for the benefit of all citizens.


Arabinrin Aderonke is an award-winning investigative journalist and a member of the Presidential Transition Council 2023. A good governance, peace, and gender advocate. She writes from Abuja.

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