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Sen. Oshiomhole warns against creation of more Gov’t Agencies

9th May 2024

Senator Adams Oshiomhole has expressed concerns over the creation of new institutions and its impact on federal resources.

He made his position known while contributing to the debate on a bill seeking to establish the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration and additional agencies.

The senator representing Edo North, on Tuesday, asserted that the creation of new institutions can affect the Federal Government’s resources available for capital projects.

Upon resumption, the Senate advanced two education-related bills to the second reading stage.

The bills in question are titled ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish the National Institute for Educational Planning and Administration and other Matters Connected Therewith, 2024’ and ‘A Bill for an Act to Establish the Federal University of Applied Sciences, Manchok, Kaduna State and for other Matters Connected Therewith, 2024.’

The bill is being championed by Senator Suleiman Sadiq from Kwara North.

“This is not about additional costs to the government. This institute is already there.“The bill is merely seeking for the necessary legal backing,” he said.

Expressing his concern, the ex-governor of Edo State emphasized that the establishment of additional institutions would lead to a continuous rise in the Federal Government’s recurrent expenditure.

He suggested that the objectives of the bill could be fulfilled by existing departments within the Federal Ministry of Education or its affiliated agencies.

The senator said, “I think we have to be careful in creating more and more institutions because the Federal Government’s recurrent expenditure is so huge that very little is available for capital projects.

“We are witnesses to the much-talked-about Orosanye report. The Federal Government is trying to shrink and merge institutions.

“I am not able to understand why the Ministry of Education cannot create a department to deal with all of those issues that this bill seeks to achieve.

“Senator Sadiq is my very good friend and brother. I hope he will understand that this is not about him. I accept the spirit of the motion, but it can be taken care of within a relevant department created if it doesn’t exist.

“There are so many institutions that have to do with education, so many of them.

“The universities are in dire need of fresh investments in their infrastructure. I think these are things that should engage our attention. How do we make our universities better equipped?”

Similarly, the Deputy Senate President, Senator Barau Jibrin, shared the same perspective with Oshiomhole.

Jibrin noted, “We need to make sure that Nigeria becomes fully industrialised and modernised.

“To achieve this, we need to have science-inclined institutions. I support this bill, not for just the people of Manchok but also for the good of the whole of Nigeria.”

However, the bill scaled the second reading when it was put to a voice vote by Senate President, Godswill Akpabio.`

PUNCH  in February reported that 12 years after it received the Stephen Oronsaye Report, the FG, had approved the implementation of some of its recommendations to reduce the cost of governance.

And barely about 10 days after, the FG inaugurated a committee for the implementation of the report.

However, there has been little actions or feedback noted since then.

 

Sourcepunch

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