The Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions has raised the alarm over the decision of the Federal Government to implement the Oronsaye Report of 2012, saying that a massive number of public service workers may lose their jobs.
The union, in a statement on Sunday by its General Secretary, Peters Adeyemi, warned that implementing the report is a license to retrenchment in some sections of the public service, which will, in turn, create poverty in the country.
However, according to the union, the agencies recommended for a merger in the report were created by laws.
The union noted that these laws must be repealed or amended, while agencies “created by the constitution will have to go through a constitutional amendment”.
“There’s a lack of national employment policy in the country to eradicate unemployment. Therefore, it’s unacceptable for the government to implement any policy that threatens the security of jobs and entrench poverty.”
“If the implementation of the Report is all about cutting the cost of bureaucracy, the government knows what to do without the implementation of the recommendations of the report.” the union said.
The Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, had disclosed this while appearing on a Channels TV programme, Politics Today.
The Presidential Committee on the Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies, now commonly referred to as the Oronsaye Committee, was set up by the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
The committee, inaugurated in August 2011, submitted its report the following year, recommending the merger, conversion and scrapping of many agencies.
While describing the cost of governance in Nigeria as one of the highest in the world, the committee had recommended a reduction in the number of statutory agencies from 263 to 161.
Mrs Ahmed said the Federal Government had started to address the issue of high costs of governance by implementing the report.
She said, “We are looking at doing that (reducing cost of governance). The President has approved that this administration should implement the recommendations of the Oransaye report.
“So, the Oransaye report is a report that has reviewed the whole of the size of government. It has made very significant recommendations in reducing the number of agencies, merging some agencies together.”