The Federal Government has set up another White Paper Committee to review the parastatals, agencies and commissions created since 2014.
In 2011, a committee was set up on the restructuring and rationalisation of Federal Government parastatals, commissions and agencies which was chaired by former Head of Service, Steve Orosanye.
The committee submitted its report on April 16, 2012, with various recommendations such as the abolition, reduction, merger and reversion of some of the agencies to departments in ministries.
Subsequently, the White Paper on the report was issued in March
2014 followed by an implementation committee that was inaugurated in
However, the White Paper rejected most of the recommendations, while those accepted were not implemented.
In November 2021, the Federal Government inaugurated two committees; one of the Committees was to review the Steve Orosanye report and its White Paper chaired by Goni Aji, a retired Head of the Civil Service of the Federation.
The second committee was constituted to review agencies created
from 2014 till date, chaired by Amal Pepple, also a retired Head
of the Civil Service of the Federation.
Speaking during the inauguration on Friday in Abuja, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, lamented the inability of the government to implement the recommendations of the report, adding that it had impacted on the scarce resources of the government.
He gave the committee six weeks to submit its report.
He said, “You would all agree with me that the inability to implement the report of the Committee on Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals,
“Agencies and the Commission are costing the government highly. This cost grows higher and the situation is further worsened by the fact that new agencies are being created.
“After the submission of the Amal Pepple report, there is the need to constitute a White Paper Committee to consider its recommendations by the Government; hence the inauguration today of this Committee.
I look forward to working with you on delivering this assignment. However, you have six weeks to turn in your reports to the Government. ”
Members of the White Paper Committee are Engr. Ebele Okeke CFR – Chairman; a retired Permanent Secretary, Mustapha Sulaiman – Member; Permanent Secretary FMARD, Dr Ernest Umakhihe – Member and Permanent Secretary FMOH, Mahmuda Mamman – Member and a retired Permanent Secretary, Ibukun Odusote – Member.
Others are; Permanent Secretary FMEnv, Engr. Hassan Musa – Member; Permanent Secretary FMIC, Dr Ifeoma Anyawutaku – Member and Mr. Dasuki Arabi DG BPSR – Member/Secretary.