Federal Government, through the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation, has began a comprehensive review of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of government.
The action,followed the recent merger and restructuring of the Ministries,Departments and Agencies from 31 to 25 and streamlining the number of Permanent Secretaries from 42 to 36 by President Muhammadu Buhari, prior to inaugurating his cabinet last week.
It is not however clear if some staff of the overlapping ministries will be laid off from the service after the exercise,as some ministries recently merged by the government may have more than two directors to man a single department or unit.
Head of Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Ekanem Oyo-Ita, flagged-off the process by inaugurating a 16-man Committee,chaired by former HOSF, Engr. Mrs Ebele Okeke.
Part of the terms of reference given to the committee includes review of each ministry’s functions and responsibilities and determine appropriate functions to avoid overlap,duplication of functions and redundancy.
The Committee members would also assess the current organisational structure of each ministry and recommend an improved structure for efficient and effective service delivery,including examining the nominal rolls of the MDAs and make appropriate recommendations for effective deployment of staff.
The committee’s mandate also involves identifying and aligning all the mandates of the 25 existing MDAs in line with government priorities and change agenda, examine the distribution of the existing assets and laibilities of the MDAs.
They are also to review the operational systems, designs and processes so as to retool and reposition the MDAs for efficient service delivery.
Other serving members of the committee includes former Heads of Service and retired top directors, such as Prof Oladapo Afolabi, Isa Bello Sali, Bukar Goni Aji, A.O Okafor, Hakeem Baba Ahmed, Sylvester Akinsole Arikawe, Tukur Ingawa, A.S Olayisade and Habiba Lawal.
Others are Mohammed Bukar, Mohammed Abbas, Nuratu Batagarawa, Innocent Ogbonnaya, Joe Abah and Ochapa Ogenyi.
Oyo-Ita said the Committee has two weeks to deliver on its mandate.
She said, ”The primary concern of the present government is the effectiveness and efficiency of its institutions for delivering public service to meet the needs of every citizen.
“The government is determined to reduce the cost of governance so as to free up resources for the delivery of much needed services to our citizens. The merger of some MDAs is to enable better coordination,improved service delivery and improved implementation of sectoral programmes.
“There is no doubt that functions of some MDAs are expanded,while others are required to realign their focus.”