NLC Asks FG to Address Oransaye’s Report

19 Apr 2012

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Acting NLC President, Mr. Joe Ajaero 

By Sunday Okobi

The Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) Wednesday asked the Federal Government to address the recommendations raised in the Stephen Oransaye-led Presidential Committee report on the rationalisation of Federal Government parastatals, commissions and agencies, in order to avoid economic crisis in the country.

Acting President of the NLC, Mr. Joe Ajaero, said the report, not properly handled “may lead to massive loss of jobs which will have disastrous consequences for the country.” The report had thrown up serious labour and social challenges, which the NLC said if not looked into, would lead to loss of jobs in the country.

The recommendations included the reduction of 263 statutory commissions to 161 and the scrapping of 38 agencies among others.

The statement also disclosed that at the inauguration of the committee, the NLC drew the Presidency’s attention to the fact that the number of workers who work in these organisations and those who may be affected by the outcome, “would be Congress members and that it was therefore necessary for the NLC to be represented in the Committee.

“Apparently, the Federal Government was not persuaded about this, now that the Report is out and a government team to produce a white paper has been constituted, the NLC finds it imperative to raise the social and Labour issues that will result.

“It is necessary to first clarify that the NLC believes that the cost of governance needs to be reduced although we think this has to do mainly with government expenditure on political appointees and hangers on.”

We however believe that parastatals and agencies like the FRSC and EFCC which have proven records of success should not necessarily be scrapped or merged,” Ajaero said.

NLC said if report properly addressed, job losses may be inevitable in a few cases, and therefore demanded that special focus be placed on the social and Labour implications.

“We know that each worker caters for a minimum of six persons and that each job loss may automatically translate to eight Nigerians being pushed further down the poverty line into hunger.

“To avoid the social and Labour issues and crisis that may occur as a result of the Report, the white paper and Government actions, Congress appeals to the Presidency to invite Labour at this stage for discussions on the issue,” the statement said.

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  • Govt should at least be sincere on this issues. Govt's problem is directly connected with the huge money they expend on irrelevant political activities and appointees not the poor civil servant who barely eat from hand to mouth.

    From: Johnson

    Posted: 3 years ago

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  • The NLC foray into the issue is a welcome development however permit me to put the issues in perspective:

    1. Is duplication of functions a waste?

    2. Will the masses be affected by such a policy?

    3. Is there an alternative to scrapping?.

    1. Duplication and wastage.

    Without mincing words there exists more waste conduits within the Nigerian State, and I would recommend that a commitee like the Oronsaye's be constituted to look at the Country hollistically in an attempt to eradicate waste in all areas. However the duplication of functions as observed is a collosal waste of resources and must be addressed no matter what. Having said that, let me move to the next perspective.

    2. Effect on the Masses/workers

    There is always a direct and indirect, positive or negative effect of any policy made in any part of the world. My take on this as always been that a policy is a GOOD-BAD policy depending on how it is implemented, so in this case the Oronsaye's report should have gone the extra mile in recommending alternatives to cushion the effect. For Agencies that have a good performance track record need not get scrapped e.g the FRSC ?(Please visit my Blog for alternatives to FRSC. The policy (a good one though) will definitely have negative attendant effects on workers and hence the FG cannot afford to implement it as it is now, without a sort of harmonization.

    3. Is there an alternative to scrapping?

    For every problem there is always a million and one solutions.

    I strongly believe that the essence of a committee and the mark of an effective one is that it defines the PROBLEM, the EFFECT of the problem, the SOLUTIONS, and lastly the EFFECT of the solutions and the ALTERNATIVES as well as the cost of the ALTERNATIVES. The Oronsayes report and committee has fallen short of that, especially when it took so long (8 weeks deadline extended beyond a year), it may be due to the fact that the sponsors of the project (the FG) did not include that aspect in there mandate.

    The agencies should not just be scrapped because they duplicate functions,without incorporating their performance index and track records into the formular, we might end up throwing away the baby with the bath water. after identifying the MDA's with the duplicating issue, the next step is to assess their PERFORMANCE as against the original agency and then we can do either:

    1. Remove from the mandate of the ORIGINAL agency and ADD to the agency under review (duplicating agency) hence both entities remain but with different functions.

    2. In the event that it is the issue of FULL DUPLICATION (where the mandates of both agency are exactly alike, a scenario I doubt very much) the two entities could be merged, with one becoming a department within the other.

    3. And lastly there exists some agencies (the stark truth) that need not exist at all, such can be scrapped.

    With the above we would have created a WIN-WIN situation, reducing waste within the public sector, safe guarding the jobs of the populace, built a bigger and stronger MDA that is both effective and efficient.

    Lastly I would like to advice the FG to look at the NATION and its challenges like a RIVER, if you block one tributary it grows another downstream.


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    Posted: 3 years ago

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