With less than a year to the end of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration, there are indications that the report of the Steve Oronsaye Committee on the rationalization of the federal civil service may not be implemented about 11 years after it was produced, Daily Trust reports.
Despite constituting several committees to review and evolve strategies for its implementation, experts have, among other factors, blamed the absence of political will to implement the report.
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Pundits say fear of political consequences of taking a decision that may likely see many people losing their jobs at a time of rising cost of living and with the general election around the corner would make it difficult for the government to go ahead with the plan.
Daily Trust reports that against the backdrop of the increasing cost of governance, the government in August 2011 inaugurated the Steve Oronsaye Committee on Rationalisation of Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) of government.
The committee, which submitted its report on April 16, 2012, recommended a reduction in the number of MDAs from 263 to 161 to reduce the cost of governance in the country.
However, the report of that committee was not implemented by the Jonathan administration, which passed it on to the Buhari administration in May 2015.
While inaugurating the committee, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, expressed concern over the increasing cost of governance, especially with the revenue challenges in the country.