FEC may approve rationalization, restructuring of 220 Nigerian agencies on Wednesday

This may include scrapping of FRSC, EFCC and ICPC.

The Executive Council of the Federation, FEC, may approve the recommendations of the Stephen Oronsaye-led presidential committee on the rationalisation and restructuring of federal ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs). Part of the recommendations was the scrapping of some parastatals, agencies and commissions; a move that has drawn mixed reactions from Nigerians and labour unions.

The Council, which began deliberations on the Committee’s White Paper last Wednesday, is expected to give its final approval or review the recommendations on Wednesday during its weekly meeting. The meeting is expected be to be presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan, who would be making a presentation seeking approval of the recommendations contained in the report.

The Oronsaye committee, which reviewed the operations of 541 federal parastatals, commissions and agencies, recommended the abolition of 38 agencies, merger of 52 and reversal of 14 others to departments in various ministries.

Some of the agencies recommended for scrapping include the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC; the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC; and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC; which the committee said were exercising same functions as some other more established agencies.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered on Tuesday that the cabinet would also consider the report on the mid-term review of the first National Implementation Plan (2010-2013) of the Nigeria Vision 20:2020 Economic Transportation Blueprint to be presented by the Minister of National Planning, Shamsudeen Usman.

The Council is also expected to deliberate on the memo to be presented by the Minister of Transport, Idris Umar, seeking the ratification of the President’s anticipatory approval for the development of the Lekki Deep Sea Port, Lagos State; and approval for the issuance of sovereign guarantee for the development of the port.

The transportation minister is also billed to present another memo seeking approval for the award of contract for the development of phase 48 port facilities at Onne Oil and Gas Free Zone Port Complex in Rivers State; while the Minister of Power, Chinedu Nebo, will ask the council to approve the award of contract for the supply of Hitachi generator special tools to Jebba Hydro Electric PLC.

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