FG has 580 agencies. They are too many and they cost too much- El Rufai tells FG

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State governors on Thursday asked the Federal Government to revisit the Steve Oronsaye report on the rationalisation of federal agencies, saying the agencies are too many and cost Government a lot of money.

The Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, disclosed this to State House correspondents at the end of a meeting of The National Economic Council at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The council which has all state governors as members is chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

El-Rufia said within Ministries, Departments and Agencies, the governors also advised the Federal Government to merge departments.

He said, “At the federal level, we are suggesting looking at the Orosanye Report. We have discussed very important steps to be taken.

“We have suggested looking at Orosanye Report that suggested merger and reduction of agencies. FG has 580 agencies. They are too many and they cost too much.

“There is a need to look at those that are duplicating and merge them. That is a report published since 2012. Even within MDAs, we need to consider merging departments. We may not need as many departments as we have.”

On their parts, El-Rufai said state governors have decided to reduce cost drastically.

This, he said, would reflect in the number of cars in their convoys and the way Governors dress.

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