The House of Representatives has set up an ad-hoc committee to investigate the duplication of functions by agencies of federal government.
The committee is also to ascertain the root cause of the incessant bickering among some established Agencies, Departments, Boards, Parastatals and Corporations in the Nigeria.
This was sequel to the adoption of a motion moved by Hon. Tahir Mohammed Monguno on the “Need to Investigate the Duplication of Functions of Agencies of the Federal Government”.
Monguno said that Section 153(1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) established certain Federal Executive Bodies and Section 4(2) of the 1999 Constitution empowers the National Assembly to repeal obsolete laws and enact new ones for the good governance of the Federation.
He added that Nigeria has been gaining on the world index of Ease of Doing Business (EDB) rising from the 145th position in 2019 to 131st in 2020, hence there is a need to consolidate on this improvement.
Monguno while presenting his motion in the floor of the green chamber said that, with the existence of about 1,484 Agencies, Departments, Boards, Parastatals and Corporations in the country with the attendant duplication of functions and clash of interests, the lawmakers are worried that there is a likelihood of the latest World Bank annual ratings to slide considerably hence the need for an Ad-hoc Committee to Investigate Duplications of these MDAs.
“The House therefore mandated its ad-hoc committee to investigate duplication of duties, overlapping functions and counter-productivity of established Agencies, Departments, Boards, Parastatals and Corporations in the country.
The panel is also expected to establish areas of mergers, synergies and justification of the existence of some established Agencies, Departments, Boards, Parastatals and Corporations, which are no longer needed in the country.
The Deputy Speaker, Hon. Ahmed Idris Wase who presided over Wednesday’s plenary put the motion to voice vote which was unanimously adopted and mandated the Committee to report back within six (6) weeks for further legislative action.