Federal Government may scrap over 220 agencies

The federal government is in the process of considering the report of the draft White Paper on the Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals, which has recommended the scrapping of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP), National Export Promotion Council (NEPC) and 217 federal government parastatals, commissions and agencies. Other key parastatals recommended in the draft white paper for either consolidation or scrapping are the Public Complaints Commission (PCC), which shall be merged with Human Rights Commission; merger of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) with the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC); and the axing of the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC), Utilities Charges Commission (UCC), Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC), and National Economic Intelligence Committee (NEIC). But in a swift move to allay concerns that the death knell had been sounded on the agencies, the presidency last night said that a final decision had not yet been taken by the federal government on their axing or merging of these agencies. The federal Executive council meeting tomorrow will reportedly examine the issues.



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