As many as 220 out of 541 federal parastatals, agencies and
commissions may go by the time the Federal Government concludes discussion on
the draft White Paper on the report of the Stephen Oronsaye-led Presidential
Committee on the Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals,
Commissions and Agencies, which it started on Wednesday.
This was made known by the Special Adviser to the President
on Media and Publicity, Dr. Reuben Abati, to journalists at the end of the
meeting presided over by President Goodluck Jonathan that the council began a
review of the draft White Paper produced based on the report.
Abati was joined at the post-FEC press briefing by the
Minister of Agriculture, Dr. Akinwunmi Adesina; Minister of Water Resources,
Mrs. Sarah Ochekpe; and the Minister of Mines and Steel, Mr. Mohammed Sada.
The presidential spokesman, who said there was no cause for
anxiety in the government’s bid to restructure for efficiency, said a White
Paper Drafting Committee set up by the President accepted only 321 out of the
541 federal parastatals, commissions and agencies considered by the Oronsaye
“The Oronsaye Committee considered suggestions,
recommendations from different quarters and in total, that committee looked at
541 federal parastatals, commissions and agencies. The white paper drafting
committee, out of that, accepted 321; noted some recommendations and rejected
some,” the presidential spokesman said.
He said the discussion by council members on the draft would
continue during the next meeting.
He said the exercise was not aimed at pushing anybody out of
employment but to restructure in such a way that would make the government more
Abati said, “At the end of the day, FEC will take final
decision on this recommendation and when that is done, the White Paper will be
made public. I don’t think we should jump the gun, the thing to note is that
all of this is being done to ensure efficiency, to reduce the cost of
government, to avoid leakages and wastages and to make government far more
effective in delivering quality service to Nigerians.
“This is not targeted at pushing anybody out of work, this
is not an exercise in making life difficult for anybody. This is just
government restructuring for better level of efficiency. People should not be
“You can be assured that now that it is at the level of the
FEC, work will be completed on it very quickly, the White Paper will be
released and it will be implemented accordingly.”
Adesina said FEC also approved a National Fertilizer Draft
Bill, which is aimed at ensuring quality control in fertilizer production as
the country continues to make progress in its bid to export the commodity to