The House of Representatives on Wednesday constituted an Adhoc Committee to investigate the duplication of functions of agencies of the Federal Government.
The constitution of the Committee follows a motion passed earlier this month in the House that 1,484 agencies of government have duplicated responsibilities and must be consolidated.
Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, who inaugurated the Committee headed by Hon Victor Mela Danzaria, said uncertainty sets in when there are multiple agencies carrying out the same functions, leading to bickering, suspicion, and eventually duplication of efforts and waste of hard-earned government resources and time.
“I do hope sincerely that the Labour is also represented here because you don’t want a situation where the committee would have completed its work and at the end of the day, after the horses bolted from its table, other organisations and critical stakeholders such as the Labour would now begin to cry foul. We are only doing what we believe is in the best interest of good governance,” he said.
He said an organization’s vision and mission must of necessity be derived from the mandate and functions enunciated by its establishment act or any instrument that establishes it.
Gbajabiamila said governments in the past have put in place measures to ensure effective and efficient service delivery by agencies of government, e.g., SERVICOM, but this could not achieve much without a clearly defined mandate.
He said the task of the Committee will include the following: ” Investigate duplication of duties, overlapping functions and counter-productivity of established Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Boards and Corporations in the country; Ascertain the root cause of regular bickering among some established Departments, Agencies, Boards and Parastatals in the country; and Establish areas of mergers, synergies, and justification of the existence of some of the established Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Boards and Corporations.
The Speaker said the House of Representatives is not out to witch-hunt any individual or organization, but is propelled by the desire to ensure good governance and in the exercise of its legislative oversight powers as enshrined in Sections 88 and 89 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).