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Buhari to merge EFCC, ICPC; 42 ministries reduced to 19.
After three weeks of consultations with
international and Nigeria’s political leaders,
President Muhammadu Buhari appears set to
effect major changes in the administration of the
country in a bid to translate the ‘change’ mantra
of his party into reality. To start with, the
President is said to have accepted the
recommendation of the transition committee he
raised a few weeks ago to slash the number of
ministries from the present 42 to 19 with a view
to saving cost and making them more effective
and responsive to the needs of Nigerians.
In the same vein, many of the ministries have
been merged to ensure proper coordination of
duties and ensure greater efficiency and service
A source close to the Presidency told Sunday
Vanguard that the number of Federal Government
departments and agencies had also been trimmed
in line with the policy of the administration.
Effectively, it means that no fewer than 50 of the
MDAs that were not backed by relevant laws
might be scrapped and their staff moved into
relevant departments to save cost.
The Presidency source hinted,”But the point being
made is that relevant MDAs that will exist under
the present administration must be those backed
“What that means is that the era of doing things
the wrong way to please certain persons in
positions of power is over.”
Shedding light on some of the ministries that had
been merged, the official pointed out that the
Ministry of Aviation and relevant agencies had
been subsumed with Inland Waterways and
Similarly, the Ministry of Agriculture has been
merged with that of Water Resources under what
the Presidency source described as the
consolidation of larger ministries.
It was learnt that under the administration of
Buhari, only 19 ministers and 17 ministers of
state would operate as opposed to the previous
arrangement where there were at least 42.
It was further gathered that some ministries
would be run by senior ministers while others
would be manned by junior ministers to save
On the fight against corruption, the source
disclosed to Sunday Vanguard that the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission
(EFCC) is to be merged with the Independent
Corrupt Practices Commission, ICPC, to tackle
graft in a new way that would be prompt, fearless
Buhari, who travelled out of Abuja since returning
from the African Union meeting in South Africa,
late last week, is expected to join his wife, Aisha,
at the Presidential Villa, for the first time after
being sworn-in on May 29.
The wife had moved into the Villa on Thursday
ahead of the President to prepare the ground for
his formal assumption of work at the seat of
power. He has been operating from the Defence
House in the last three weeks.
A top source also said Buhari was expected to
make some key appointments this week so as to
get the machinery of his administration running.
The delay in naming the critical staff of his office
had forced some of his key loyalists to demand
that he acts fast to deliver the change he
promised Nigerians during the campaigns.