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Reps set up Committee to streamline civil service

By Disun Amosun

House of Representatives has constituted an Ad-hoc Committee to investigate and proffer solutions to issues of duplication of duties, overlapping functions and counter productivity of established Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs as well as Boards and Corporations in the country.

Inaugurating the Committee, the Speaker, Hon. Femi Gbajabimila charged it to within the powers conferred on the Legislature as enshrined in sections 88 and 89 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, to ascertain the root causes of regular bickering among government establishments with a view of ameliorating them.

Gbajabiamila charged the ad hoc Committee to, in the course of executing its mandate, engage relevant stakeholders and members of the public on solving areas of conflicts among such MDAs, which he said may require amending some laws and or outright repeal as the case may be.

According to the Speaker, “An organization’s vision and mission must of necessity be derived from the mandate and functions enunciated by its establishment act or any instrument that establishes it.”

“Uncertainty sets in when we have multiple agencies carrying out the same functions, leading to bickering, suspicion, and eventually duplication of efforts and waste of hard-earned government resources and time

“In the coming days this Committee will also establish areas of mergers, synergies, and justification of the existence of some of the established Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Boards and Corporations”, he stated.

The Speaker further noted that the House was not out to witch-hunt any individual or organization, but propelled by its desire to ensure good governance and in the exercise of legislative oversight powers.

He also encouraged the Committee to use the cordial and productive working relationship between the Executive and the 9th National Assembly to carry out the task of resolving issues of duplication of duties and bickering among MDA’s of the Federal Government.

United Kingdom deports 38 Nigerians for immigration offences

No fewer than the 38 Nigerians who were deported from the United Kingdom arrived Lagos, in the early hours of Thursday.

According to authorities in Nigeria, the deportees, who are mainly mothers and grandmothers, arrived the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja.

They arrived in Lagos early this morning with one Home Office charter flight.

It was gathered that some members of LGBTQ communities seeking asylum were among the deportees.

Some of the deportees claimed they have lived in the United Kingdom for many years.

However, the Nigeria Ministry of Foreign Affairs told British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, the deportation bothers on violation of immigration -related offences.

It was gathered that the deportees were later conveyed to yet to be ascertained locations.

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