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Federal Government considers eliminating BPE, NAPEP, NEIC and about 217 other agencies
| July 02, 2013
A review of the recommendations of the report of the Presidential Committee on the rationalisation and restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies has left the Federal Government considering eliminating or merging some government agencies. Some of the agencies under consideration include: Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), etc. In 2011, the the Federal Government inaugurated a panel to restructure and rationalise government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies as part of measures to reduce the rising budget expenditure. After the submission of the report, a white paper committee was set up to review the recommendations of the Presidential Committee and the Federal Executive Council (FEC) ratified the recommendations of the White Paper Committee. A “Sunset Clause” is to be introduced to enable the BPE conclude its assignment and wind down, while the EFCC and the ICPC are to be merged. However, the Presidency has said that a final decision has not been made yet. A spokesperson said, “The report is still at the FEC level and the committee was set up to review the White Paper. There is no final decision yet. Anything outside that is mere speculation.” The following agencies are scheduled to be eliminated: - Fiscal Responsibility Commission - Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) - Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC) - Public Complaints Commission (PCC) - National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) - National Poverty Eradication Programme (NAPEP) - Utilities Charges Commission - National Economic Intelligence Committee Some other recommendations that were accepted include; - COREN should no longer receive budgetary allocation from 2015 Fiscal Year. - the enabling law of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA) be amended to reflect the directive of FIFA that the Organisation should be renamed a Federation. - NYSC is to be restructured to developi a framework that covers critical areas of national socio-economic development where Corps members will be deployed for their primary assignments. - Eliminating NAPEP and merging NAPEP's functions with those of the National Directorate of Employment (NDE). The government however rejected some recommendations of the committee. The recommendation that the National Christian Pilgrimage Commission (NCPC) and the National Hajj Commission of Nigeria (NAHCON) are abolished and their functions transferred to a department under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was rejected. The recommendation that NEMA be merged with National Refugees Commission into one agency was also rejected.

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OMOTAYO, J. A.    Lagos, NIGERIA    July 03, 2013
The Report was good. However, a few issues deserve re-thing: COREN and NEIC. COREN is an engineering body. A strong engineering body is key to all industrial, military, housing, transportation, etc development. Our roads, airports, buildings, bridges, water supply, military vehicles, arms, etc depend on good engineering practice if Nigeria is not going to be a dump yard. NEIC is an economic body applying today\'s economic data to re-position Nigeria not only now but for the future as well.

The pilgrimage agencies should be scrapped to reflect Nigeria's secularity. I shall add more comments when time permits. God save Nigeria.
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