Governance: Buhari Set To Effect Major Changes, Merge Ministries And Parastatals
President Muhammadu Buhari appears set to effect major changes in the administration of the country in a bid to translate the ‘change’ mantra of his party into reality.
Buhari, who is expected to join his wife, Aisha, at the Presidential Villa, for the first time after being sworn-in on May 29 is expected to make some key appointments this week so as to get the machinery of his administration running.
As a start, the President is said to have accepted the recommendation of the transition committee he raised a few weeks ago to slash the number of ministries from the present 42 to 19 with a view to saving cost and making them more effective and responsive to the needs of Nigerians.
In the same vein, many of the ministries have been merged to ensure proper coordination of duties and ensure greater efficiency and service delivery.
According to a source, the number of Federal Government departments and agencies had also been trimmed in line with the policy of the administration.
MDAs to be either merged or scrapped which the source said is about 50 are those that were not backed by relevant laws and their staff moved into relevant departments to save cost.
Shedding light on some of the ministries that had been merged, the official pointed out that the Ministry of Aviation and relevant agencies had been subsumed with Inland Waterways and associated agencies.
Similarly, the Ministry of Agriculture has been merged with that of Water Resources under what the Presidency source described as the consolidation of larger ministries.
It was learnt that under the administration of Buhari, only 19 ministers and 17 ministers of state would operate as opposed to the previous arrangement where there were at least 42.
It was further gathered that some ministries would be run by senior ministers while others would be manned by junior ministers to save cost.
On the fight against corruption, the source disclosed that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is to be merged with the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, to tackle graft in a new way that would be prompt, fearless and decisive.