Will NDDC be scrapped as FG plans to merge MDAs?

The Director-General, Bureau of Public Service Reforms, Dr. Joe Abah, says there will be new reforms by the FG in public service in 2017.

Abah disclosed this in Abuja on Monday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).

He said the announcement was made by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

He said the announced shows that the government was now willing to address some of the issues.

According to him, the government is now willing to look seriously at the issue of rationalization of agencies and parastatals.

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“We have a 10-year plan for reforms we’ve been following.

“However, as with every plan the sequence and prioritization range with government emphasis.

“And so for 2017 we will be focusing very heavily on making it easier to do business in Nigeria.

“And that is why the bureau has commissioned a number of studies to look at the bottlenecks to service delivery.

“Our primary target, for now, are those administrative issues that affect the ordinary Nigerian directly.

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“For instance, the processes for getting a passport, driver’s license, tax clearance and seeing a doctor in a government hospital.

“And the gap between when you retire and when you actually start to get your pension.

“We have instances where people have retired and for one year they haven’t got any pension.

“So, these are some of the topical issues we will be looking at to see where the bottlenecks are.

“We will be streamlining and easing the various processes.

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“We are also optimistic that our report on restructuring of the merged ministry will go to council very early in the New Year.

“Many MDAs will be merged while others may be scrapped.

“Our recommendation is that we do the same for all the other ministries,” the director-general said.