Plans are reportedly underway by the National Assembly to create about 25 additional federal agencies in the bid to create more bureaucratic red tapes.
Daily Trust reports that the Senate has begun the process of creating 25 additional agencies within the last year, and the bills are at various stages of legislation at the upper chamber. After these bills are passed by the two chambers of the National Assembly, the president has to assent to them before they become law.
Some of the new federal agencies which the lawmakers are seeking to establish and expected to kick off soon are;
- North-East Development Commission (NEDC) – a body charged with the reconstruction efforts of the insurgency ravaged region.
- The Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
- The Competition and Consumer Protection Tribunal.
- The Grazing Areas Management Agency
- The National Ranches Commission
The last two above are expected to address the bloody herders/farmers clashes in the country.
The new Research Bodies include:
- The National Council for Research and Development
- National Research and Innovation Foundation
- National Research and Innovation Council and
- The Federal Entrepreneurship Centre.
Two new agencies are being prepared for the Federal Capital which are;
- FCT Traffic Management and Enforcement Authority (TMEA) and
- The FCT Resettlement, Integration and Development Commission.
- The National Transport Commission
- The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport of Nigeria
- The National Council on Occupational Safety and Health and
- The National Marine Insurance Bureau
- The Institute of Chartered Biochemists and Molecular Biologists of Nigeria
- The Nigerian Independent Warehouse Regulatory Agency
- The National Agency for Ethics and Values and
- The Chartered Institute for Trade and Investment of Nigeria
- The Unemployed Youths, Elderly and Indigent Sustainability Allowances Trust Fund
- The Nigerian Assets Management Agency
- Private Security Regulatory Agency of Nigeria and
- The Border Patrol Agents
The plan to establish these new agencies is coming in the face of an over bloated bureaucracy and the current economic recession and at a time when the government is working to merge some existing agencies as part of its cost-cutting measures.
In August 2011, the Federal Government raised a Presidential Committee on the Rationalization and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies headed by former Head of Service of the Federation, Steven Oronsaye, to merge or trim government agencies and commissions.
The panel recommended the reduction of statutory agencies of government from 263 to 161, scrapping of 38 agencies, merger of 52 and conversion of 14 to departments in ministries as well as the removal of all professional bodies/councils from the national budget in order to slash the exorbitant cost of governance.
A White Paper was released by President Goodluck Jonathan on the Oronsaye report. Though the White Paper implementation committee was reconstituted last year by President Muhammadu Buhari, the recommendations of the report are yet to be implemented.
Last month, the National Economic Council (NEC), agreed in their meeting to begin the implementation of the Oronsaye report.
Already, the existing 541 federal agencies, departments, commissions, institutes, bureaus and others bodies in the country have about N2.98 trillion or 40.1 percent of N7.28 trillion allocated to them in the 2017 federal budget, while only N2.4 trillion or 30 percent of the federal budget is allocated to capital projects like roads, rail and power.
Most of these federal agencies that are annually guzzling trillions have duplicated roles; dozens hardly do anything apart from keeping the red tape long, while a large number of them overstayed their statutory duties.