Are the days of ‘business as usual’ government over?

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The President Tinubu administration appears determined to change the face of political activities in the country, judging from recent announcements from the presidency. The President just approved the immediate dissolution of the governing boards of all federal government parastatals, agencies, institutions, and government-owned companies. This was contained in a statement issued on Monday, 19 June 2023, by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator George Akume. But the dissolution did not affect boards, commissions and councils listed in the Third Schedule, Part 1, Section 153 (i) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as amended.

In view of this development and until such a time new boards are constituted, the statement said, Chief Executive Officers of the affected parastatals, agencies, institutions, and government-owned companies were directed to refer matters requiring the attention of their boards to the President, through the Permanent Secretaries of their respective supervisory ministries and offices. Permanent Secretaries were directed to route such correspondences to Mr President through the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation. Consequently, all ministries, departments and agencies are to ensure compliance to the provision of this directive which took effect from Friday 16 June, 2023. Permanent Secretaries were particularly directed to inform the Chief Executive Officers of the affected agencies under the supervision of their respective ministries or offices for immediate compliance.

The offices involved were:

  1. Asset Management Corporation of Nigeria
  2. Social security Management of Nigeria
  3. Budget Office of the Federation
  4. Bureau of Public Enterprises
  5. Bureau of Public Procurement
  6. Central Bank of Nigeria
  7. Corporate Affairs Commission
  8.  Debt Management Office
  9. Federal Inland Revenue Service
  10. Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria
  11. Fiscal Responsibility Commission
  12. Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission
  13. National Bureau of Statistics
  14. National Council on Privatization
  15. National Insurance Commission
  16. National Pension Commission
  17. National Planning Commission
  18. National Sugar Development Commission
  19. Niger Delta Development Commission
  20. Nigeria Customs Service
  21. Nigeria Deposit Insurance Company
  22. Nigeria Investment Promotions Commission
  23. Nigerian Export-Import Bank
  24. Nigerian Export Promotion Council
  25. Oil and Gas Free Zones Authority
  26. Nigeria Export Processing Zone Authority
  27. Securities and Exchange Commission
  28. Standards Organization of Nigeria
  29. Small and medium Enterprise Development Agency of Nigeria
  30. National Board for Arabic and Islamic Studies
  31. Nigeria Gas Company
  32. Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board
  33. National Examination Council
  34. National Open University of Nigeria
  35. National Teachers Institute
  36. National Universities Commission
  37. Teachers Registration Council of Nigeria
  38. National Business and Technical Examinations Board
  39. Universal Basic Education Commission
  40. West African Examinations Council
  41. National Commission for Colleges of Education
  42. National Library of Nigeria
  43. Nigeria Midstream and Downstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission
  44. Electricity Management Services Limited
  45. Energy Commission of Nigeria
  46. National Power Training Institute of Nigeria
  47. Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission
  48. Nigerian Content Monitoring and Development Board
  49. Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation Limited
  50. Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority
  51. Power Holding Company of Nigeria 
  52. Rural Electrification Agency
  53. Transmission Company of Nigeria
  54. Federal Environmental Protection Agency
  55. Forestry Research Institute of Nigeria
  56. National Biosafety Management Agency
  57. National Environmental Standards and Regulatory Enforcement Agency
  58. National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency
  59. Environmental Health Officers registration Council of Nigeria
  60. National Health Insurance Scheme
  61. National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and development
  62. National Agency for the Control of AIDS
  63. National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control
  64. National Primary Health Care Development Agency
  65. Nigerian Institute of Medical Research
  66. Nigeria Centre for Disease Control
  67. National Drug Law Enforcement Agency
  68. Defence Intelligence Agency
  69. State Security Service
  70. National Intelligence Agency
  71. Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit
  72. National Judicial Institute
  73. Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
  74. Nigerian Ports Authority
  75. Nigerian Shippers’ Council
  76. Broadcasting Organization of Nigeria
  77. News Agency of Nigeria
  78. Nigeria Press Council
  79. Nigeria Television Authority
  80. National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure
  81. National Biotechnology Development Agency
  82. National Centre for Remote Sensing
  83. Sheda Science and Technology Complex
  84. National Office for Technology Acquisition and Promotion
  85. National Space Research and Development Agency
  86. Nigeria Nuclear Regulatory Authority
  87. Raw Materials Research and Development Council
  88. Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited
  89. National Centre for Technology Management
  90. Nigeria Hydrological Services Agency
  91. Nigerian Integrated Water Resources Commission
  92. National Water Resources Institute
  93. River Basin Development Authority
  94. Centre for Black and African Arts and Civilization
  95. National Automotive Design and Development Council
  96. Federal Computer Professionals Registration Council of Nigeria
  97. Consumer Protection Council
  98. Economic and financial Crimes Commission
  99. Federal Housing Authority
  100. Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission
  101. Industrial Training Fund
  102. Legal Aid Council of Nigeria
  103. National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking  in Persons
  104. National Boundary Commission
  105. National Council of Arts and Culture
  106. National Economic Reconstruction Fund
  107. National emergency Management Agency
  108. National Hajj Commission of Nigeria
  109. National Human Rights Commission
  110. National Identity Management Commission
  111. National Institute for Hospitality Tourism
  112. National Lottery Regulatory Commission
  113. National Orientation Agency
  114. National Poverty Eradication Programme
  115. National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission
  116. National Sports Commission
  117. Nigeria Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
  118. Nigeria Immigration Service
  119. Nigerian Building and Road Research Institute
  120. Nigeria Institute of Building
  121. Nigerian Christian Pilgrim Commission
  122. Nigerian Copyright Commission
  123. Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation
  124. Public Complaints Commission
  125. Surveyors Council of Nigeria
  126. National Lottery Trust Fund
  127. National Information Agency
  128.  Nigerian Broadcasting Commission
  129. Nigerian Communications Commission
  130. Nigerian Postal Services
  131. National Frequency Management Council
  132. Galaxy Backbone
  133. Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria
  134. Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority
  135. Nigerian Safety Investigation Bureau
  136. Nigeria Meteorological Agency
  137. Nigerian College of Aviation Technology
  138. Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria
  139. National Agricultural Extension, Research and Liaison Services
  140. National Veterinary Research Institute
  141. Nigerian Agricultural Insurance Corporation
  142. Nation root Crops Research Institute
  143. Agricultural research Council of Nigeria
  144. Nigerian Institute for Oceanography and Maritime Research
  145. Nigerian Institute  for Palm Oil Research
  146. Nigeria Agricultural Quarantine Services
  147. National Horticultural Research Institute

The government establishments exempted from this exercise were:

  1. The Code of Conduct Bureau 
  2. Nigerian Council of States
  3. Federal Character Commission
  4. Federal Civil Service Commission
  5. Federal Judicial Service Commission
  6. Independent National Electoral Commission
  7. National Defence Council
  8. National Economic Council
  9. National Judicial Council
  10. National Population Commission
  11. National Security Council
  12. Nigeria Police Council
  13. Police Service Commission and
  14. Revenue Mobilization Allocation and Fiscal Commission

No one knows for sure what President Tinubu has in mind, but it is most likely that he would choose brand news hands to manage these government establishments. It appears that he believes that the old hands must give way to new ones. But no one is sure. While the Supreme Court is still sorting out the knotty cases the Peoples’ Democratic Party and the Labour Party made against the electoral process that brought Mr. Tinubu to the country’s leadership, Nigerians can only fold their hands and wait with expectation, the final verdict on who actually won the controversial 25 February 2023 presidential election. But while Tinubu is at it, ROLU magazine hopes he is able to bring into his government capable men of integrity, tested and tried men who would not only quickly deliver the dividends of democracy to the doorsteps of every Nigerian home, but more importantly, save Nigerians more uncertain days of penury and want. Nigerians would certainly be delighted to see that the days of government of ‘business as usual’ are over.

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