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Oronsaye Report: Akpabio Seek Fact-Tracking Of Implementation To Save Governance Cost

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As austerity continue to bite hard, Senate President Godswill Akpabio has renewed the call for the immediate implementation of the Stephen Oronsaye report, which proposed the scrapping of certain government agencies to key into government austerity measures. Recall, some two months back President Bola Ahmed Tinubu had set up an 11-member committee to oversee the execution of the recommendations outlined in the Oronsaye report.

During a dialogue meeting on the cost of governance organized by the National Institute for Legislative and Democratic Studies (NILDS) in Abuja yesterday, Akpabio admitted that the overhead costs of appointive public officials, the salaries and allowances of elected officials, among others, were responsible for high cost of governance. 

He revealed while the federal government’s recent approval of the Oronsaye report was a positive step to actualising the austerity measures by the administration, swift action is required to implement the recommendations effectively. 

Represented by Senator Jarigbe Agom Jarigbe, the Senate President stressed the need to streamline bureaucracy, eliminate unnecessary expenditures, and ensure transparency and accountability at all levels of governance. 

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Tajudeen Abbas, throws his weight behind the call saying, the government must adopt measures that streamline its expenditure in line with the prevailing economic realities. 

In his statement, “Nigeria has long grappled with budget deficits, further emphasising the necessity to streamline government operational costs and foster budgetary stability. 

“This requires a concerted effort to eliminate wasteful, inefficient and unnecessary expenses from our budgetary allocations,” he said. 

Earlier, the Director-General of NILDS, Prof. Abubakar Sulaiman said the dialogue provided an opportunity to holistically re-evaluate the approach to governance and the viability of the parliamentary system as a cost-effective alternative to the current presidential system of government. 

“The overall aim of the dialogue is to collectively chart a path towards fiscal prudence, transparency, and accountability that encapsulates stakeholder perceptions drawn from across civil society. 

“These will constitute a part of the overarching governance roadmap and interventions of the current administration under President Bola Tinubu, who has shown an unyielding commitment to implementing the recommendations of the Oronsaye Report and reducing the cost of governance. 

“The solutions lie within our zeal to enact change, and to work towards a future where the cost of governance is not a burden, but an investment in the prosperity of every Nigerian,” he said.