The Oronsaye Report: Should it be Revisited?

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The Problem Statement

It is not an amazing thing, that the Oronsaye report is here again in the news. Since independence, no substantive progress was made toward the significant issues that lie behind Nigerians inability/predicaments. Among the issues include, the government releasing large amounts of budgetary which is spent on Administrative wastage and redundancies instead of spending it on the actual project. In an attempt to combat and reach a lasting solution to Nigerians drift, unfortunately further lead into under development.

One of the undeniable fundamentals is the report of the presidential committee on restructuring and rationalization of the federal government parastatals, commissions, and agencies. Nigeria’s government system is one of the most difficult in the world. in the sense that, top official consumes a larger portion of the budget which is meant for a project. At the end of the day, little capital will be for infrastructural projects that are required to make life easy for the nation (Masses). To understand the importance of the Oronsaye’s report requires placing it within the historical trajectory of how Nigeria came to the burden of costly governance, structure.

In the 1970s after the tragic civil war had been concluded, crude oil was discovered and  was bringing in an enormous amount of money, but there was no adequate attention paid to how this same factors could facilitate administrative compliance

Another problem that the Nigeria governance face is that, Nigeria face was confronted with the derives from creating an ad-hoc task, false structures, and unit of government business parallel to the existing bureaucratic structures in other to operate what is regarded as flexible administrative arrangements Unencumbered by administrative codes rules and regulations, and with the capacity to enjoy a self-accounting status in terms of resources deployed for their use. This led to the needless expansion in an institutional context whose internal control mechanism has broken down the implications of these ad-hoc parallel structures are the essential lack of any scientific framework and parameters for determining not only the establishment of new agencies, commissions, and structure but also their viability and efficacy. These parallel structures are base in an arbitrary departmental mistrial staffing dynamic that dumps lots of deadwood unto the system however, this practice is more complicated by the politicians making the civil service a dumping ground for settling their political chronic, party supporters, and ethnic base. Once these workers are recruited, they begin a gradual but steady rise within a system that is pathologically bureaucratic in the sense of rewarding extra administrative, rather than efficient and performance-rooted, practices. They also capitalize on the government’s clueless governance protocols.

The policy solution

The policy is trying to solve the terrible drain that the cost of governance issues was having on the national development dynamics of Nigeria state which have been a subject of strident advocacy for decades. It also intends to solve the escalation of cost occasioned by many redundant ad-hoc structures and the urgent need to achieve governance accountability that will lead to efficiency in the conduct of government business.

It aims to solve economic challenges and for the government makes more efficient use of its resources to achieve its development, objectives, and goals. It also aims to solve the challenges of better and socio-political society
It aims in solving government crisis and untold hardship to those who have been in public service all their lives and hence had nothing else to fall back on when they face retrenchment.

 

NIGAC Constructive Position

Considering the pandemic situation that has affected the Nigerian economy and productivity, there should be an open gate for increased infrastructural development that will fundamentally transform the wellbeing of Nigeria. Nigerian administration should focus on eliminating redundant,  duplicated agencies and incapable workers.
Managerialism and managerial revolution in public administration and public services should be made, and also Reassessment of the state and its governorship should be made.

Regulatory management of the economy both state and non-state should be allowed to co-exist within the governance space in other to facilitate developmental analysis. Federal government parastatals, commission, and agencies should be reduced and brought to a reasonable number. Agencies should be merged, and some should be revert back to the department in ministries.

There should be a need to reduce the large numbers of personal aids that attend the executive and legislative arms of government. Amendment of Nigeria constitution of section 147 that gives the president and governors powers to appoint ministers and commissioners of the 36 state and plus FCT at the federal level. There should be a shake-up of the bureaucratic models on the government agencies in such a way that demands in productivity audit that will sharpen the focus of ministries and other government structures on the achievement of key governmental goals and priorities.

There should be an alignment of fundamental relocation of resources between and within agencies with appropriate points in the budgeting circles.

There should be administrative feedback which will enable the government to checkmate the performance of expenditures made. There should be a need to conduct a rigorous public expenditure review. The result of such a public expenditure review should be used to determine the new budget. Identifying areas of reduction to achieve the efficiency saving target because wastage and linkages are often the functions of the manpower loss. The government should remember that we cannot care too much at the expense of those who will make the system efficient. If we maltreat those retiring or affected by any of the inevitable downsizing, those still functional within the system will learn negative lessons that will undermine the system itself. However, the government should prepare and put together a post-retirement package that will help retirees to gain some level of dignity.

 

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