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Reps Inaugurate Committee On Merger Of Government MDAs

The House of Representatives has inaugurated an ADHOC Committee to Investigate Duplication of Functions of Agencies of the Federal Government.

The Speaker Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, who inaugurated the committee, stated that the aim is to reduce cost of governance and prevent redundancy.

Mr Gbajabiamila said government has noticed that there is duplication of functions by the different agencies which has led to a reduction in productivity.

“Uncertainty sets in when we have multiple agencies carrying out the same functions, leading to bickering, suspicion, and eventually duplication of efforts and waste of hard-earned government resources and time. Governments in the past have put in place measures to ensure effective and efficient service delivery by agencies of government, e.g., SERVICOM, but this could not achieve much without a clearly defined mandate”. Gbajabiamila said.

The Speaker explained that in the coming days the Committee will Investigate the duplication of duties, overlapping functions, and counter-productivity of established MDAs, Agencies, Boards, and Corporations in the country.

He added that the committee would also establish areas of mergers, synergies, and justification of the existence of some of the established MDAs, Boards, and Corporations.

Gbajabiamila urged the MDAs and other critical stakeholders to work with the Committee to complete its mandate in accordance with its Terms of Reference.

The Chairman of the Committee, Mr Victor Mela-Danzaria, said most of the laws establishing government agencies were made during the military regime and are not in tandem with democracy.

He assured Nigerians that the committee would conduct a detailed investigation into the activities of some of the agencies and come up with a report that would have far-reaching decisions that would strengthen the agencies.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu, editing by Daniel Adejo