The federal government is yet to commence the implementation of the report of the Presidential Committee on Restructuring and Rationalisation of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies, over 18 months after the Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, announced a presidential directive to that effect.
The report, dubbed Oronsaye Report, after the name of the chairman of the committee, former Head of Service, Steve Oronsaye, was submitted to former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2012.
The committee was mandated to identify civil service inadequacies and recommend cost-cutting and efficiency measures.
Experts have for years lamented the heavy burden of recurrent expenditure on the government, with criticism that a significant percentage of the amount goes into funding personnel the government does not need.
For 2022, for example, the federal government proposed to spend N6.83trn on non-debt recurrent expenditure, with 60 percent of the amount (N4.11trn) going into personnel cost.
The budget for non-debt recurrent expenditure in 2022 is higher than the one for 2021 by N1.18trn. For 2021, N5.56trn was budgeted for the purpose.
At the end of its assignment, the Oronsaye Committee turned in an 800-page report. It recommended MDAs that should be scraped, those to be merged and those to become self-funding.