Reps pledge to abide by due process

The House of Representatives has pledged to abide by due process in its task of reviewing the Steve Oronsaye Report which proposes the merger and scrapping of some Federal Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, as a cost-cutting measure aimed at ensuring optimum service delivery.

The Oronsaye Report, which targets effective and efficient federal civil service was put together in 2012 during the administration of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.

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However, despite its laudable recommendations, the report was never implemented. Only recently, President Bola Tinubu hinted at the willingness of his administration to implement the report.

On Wednesday, the House of Representatives held a public hearing on the report.

At the event, the Chairman of the House of Representatives Ad-Hoc Committee on the Restructuring of Government Agencies, Parastatals, and Commission, Ibrahim Isiaka, promised to play by the rules.

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Isiaka, who represents Ifo/Ewekoro Federal Constituency, said, “The committee would not act without going through due process,” assuring Nigerian workers that “We are not going to scrap your head behind you.

“We will invite all organisations where you will have the opportunity to speak. We assure you that many of the fears you are entertaining regarding laying off of staff, we will not allow that and look into your document.”

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Recall that the Tinubu-led Federal Executive Council on February 26, 2024, approved the implementation of the Oronsaye Report. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, George Akume, went on to inaugurate an eight-member committee on March 7, 2024.

The committee was saddled with the responsibility of implementing recommendations in the report within 12 weeks.

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