Any moment from now, the federal government will begin the rationalisation of commissions, parastatals and agencies as recommended by the Steven Oronsaye led presidential committee. The Federal Executive Council (FEC) on Wednesday rounded off deliberations on the draft white paper on the said report which is now before the secretariat for proper clean-up and action, as well as publication of the document.
Information Minister who gave the hint while briefing State House Correspondents after FEC meeting yesterday noted while some agencies will be scrapped, other agencies and departments with duplicating functions are to be either merged or be made to be more effective and result oriented. Accordingly, he said FEC proceeded to constitute two separate committees chaired both by the Minister of National Planning, Dr. Usman Shamshudeen to look at the re-alignment of research agencies and institutes particularly those under the ministry of science and technology in order to make them more effective and profitable to the country.
Noting that there are about 22 research institutes under the Ministry of Science and Technology, Maku said, “There are so many research agencies under the ministry of science and technology and when u look at the agencies, some of the functions they perform could indeed be coordinated by universities, council believes that research must utilize our universities and also research must be linked to the private sector. “So we agreed that there is a need to rationalize some of the agencies and also see which of those research agencies could be better placed under the auspices of existing Universities to perform better. – See more at: