BOSS Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, has said that the Federal Government is committed to addressing the high cost of governance in Nigeria.
Receiving the report of the draft white paper from the committee on the review of the federal government parastatals, agencies and commissions led by Ebele Ofunneamaka Okeke, former Nigerian head of Civil Service, Mustapha noted that the high cost of governance in Nigeria and revenue challenges being experienced in the midst of competing societal demands are of serious concern to the Federal Government.
He therefore expressed optimism about the reports from the Okeke-led Committee, noting that “I have no doubt in my mind that the knowledge, experience and expertise members brought to bear in cause of the assignment would guide the Federal Government in addressing the high cost of governance and other associated problems.”
While conveying the gratitude of the federal government to both the committee and the Bureau of Public Service Reforms, the SGF noted that the assignment was conducted with seriousness and passion, which expresses resilience in transforming the public service.
He therefore assured Nigerians that the Draft White Paper will be given all the necessary attention and that appropriate recommendations contained in the report will be taken.
It is pertinent to know that the six-week time line assignment led by Ebele Okeke, who also was the first female head of Civil Service was to review and draft a white paper on the Amal Pepple committee report on new Parastatals, Agencies and Commission created between 2012 and 2021.
Mustapha recalled that President Buhari had interacted with the Association of Senior Civil Servants last week where he assured of the Government’s commitment to the improvement of the condition of the service to ensure efficiency.
You may also know that both the Okeke and Pepple-led committee came, sequel to other committees formed by the government as efforts to address the structural issues within the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies, MDAs.
Mustapha highlighted the genealogy of these committees to include the Bukar Goni Aji, Committee to review the Mohammed Adoke White Paper on the Steve Orosanye Report on Restructuring and Rationalization of Federal Government Parastatals, Agencies and Commission; Ma Amal Pepple, Committee to review new Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions created between 2012 and October, 2021; and the Ebele Okeke, Committee to Draft a White Paper on the Amal Pepple Committee Report on new Parastatals, Agencies and Commissions created between 2012 and 2021.