Nasarawa state governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, has stated that the state government has concluded arrangements to merge some government agencies and departments with a view to streamlining government activities for more efficient service delivery.
Al-Makura, who stated this in Lafia after undertaking a tour of ministries and government agencies, said the move would also cut cost of governance especially with the prevailing economic recession.
He noted that he embarked on the tour “to look at the physical wellbeing and the challenges faced by these ministries with a view to solving them”.
The governor added, “At a time like this when recession has engulfed the entire country, we need some internal mechanism to motivate workers to give their best. This is the time to know those who are capable of surviving and we need to give them the necessary support to withstand the challenges of the time.”
“There are quite a number of challenges that are facing most of the ministries, there are departments and agencies that are interspersed within ministries and are not compatible with the operations of such ministries. Such mix-match does not give the necessary output so we shall iron those out so as to ensure effective service delivery in the system,” he added.
“We are also thinking of merging some departments and agencies to reduce waste and redundancy. We have been able to identify quite a number of departments that could go under certain departments to reduce cost of management and lethargy,” he said.
Al-Makura noted that at the end, government was poised to have a more focused delivery of service and tremendous amount of savings with regard to unnecessary administrative costs and overheads.