FG Scraps PTAD, Merges FRCN, VON, NEMA, Others

The Federal Government has scrapped the Pension Transitional Arrangement Directorate (PTAD) and ordered its functions be taken over by the Federal Ministry of Finance.

This was part of the ongoing efforts to cut down on the high cost of governance in the country.

Special Adviser on Information and Strategy to President Bola Tinubu, Bayo Onanuga said,  the decisions were taken at the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, chaired by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Monday, February 26, 2024.
FEC also approved for implementation the merger of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria(FRCN) and Voice of Nigeria (VON) to be known as the Federal Broadcasting Corporation of Nigeria (FBCN).

The Council further recommended that the National Salaries, Income and Wages Commission be subsumed under the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC), but with the amendment of the constitution since it was established by the constitution.

The Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission is to be merged with the Bureau of Public Enterprise and be rechristened as `Public Enterprises and Infrastructural Concession Commission.

The National Human Rights Commission to swallow Public Complaints Commission.

NEMA and the National Commission for Refugees to be fused to become National Emergency and Refugee Management Commission.

Border Communities Development Agency to become a department under National Boundary Commission.

NACA and NCDC to be merged SERVICOM to become a department under the Bureau for Public Service Reform(BPSR) NALDA to return to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.

Federal Ministry of Science to supervise a new agency that combines NCAM, NASENI, and PRODA.

National Commission for Museums and Monuments and National Gallery of Arts to become one entity that will be known as National Commission for Museums, Monuments and Gallery of Arts. National Theatre to be merged with National Troupe.

Directorate of Technical Cooperation in Africa and Directorate of Technical Aid Corp to be merged under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nigerians in Diaspora Commission to become an agency under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

National Biotechnology Development Agency(NABDA) and National Centre for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology to be emerged into an agency to be known as National Biotechnology Research and Development Agency(NBRDA).

National Institute for Leather Science Technology and National Institute for Chemical Technology to become one agency. Nigeria Natural Medicine Development Agency and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development to become one agency.

The National Metallurgical Development Centre and National Metallurgical Training Institute will be merged. National Institute for Trypanosomiasis to be subsumed under the Institute of Veterinary Research in Vom, Jos. The list is not exhaustive.

To ensure the swift implementation of the proposed changes, in line with the recommendations of Steve Oronsaye’s Report, a committee has been set up with the mandate to implement the merger, scrapping, and relocation within 12 weeks.

The Oronsaye Report contains several recommendations on Federal Government parastatals, commissions, and agencies, both statutory and non-statutory.

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