Oronsaye Report: RMAFC Applauds Tinubu, Reiterates Call for Reduced Cost of Governance

Mohammed Shehu, RMAFC Chairman
Mohammed Shehu, RMAFC Chairman

Oronsanye Report: RMAFC Applauds Tinubu, Reiterates Call for Reduced Cost of Governance

The Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) has applauded the administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for adopting the Oronsanye Committee Report recently approved by the Federal Executive Council (FEC) as a way of curbing high cost of governance through the restructuring and rationalisation of Federal agencies, parastatals and commissions.

In a press statement signed by Mr. Mohammed Bello Shehu, Chairman of the Commission observed that the problem of cost of governance was responsible for the reduction in the provision of infrastructure and social services and the consequent fall in investment, high level unemployment and rising insecurity in the country adding that no society can make meaningful progress unless it develops a competent and cost-effective management system capable of maximising the nation’s resources to the benefit of all.

The chairman recalled that RMAFC has over the years not only advocated for a reduction in cost of governance as a way of preserving scarce resources for the sustainable development of the country but also proffered far-reaching suggestions and recommendations to governments at all levels on the need to scale down on unnecessary expenditure and to monitor expenses on developmental projects that would impact positively on the lives of the citizenry.

According to Shehu, the high cost of governance in Nigeria was caused by the expensive nature of the presidential system of government, large bureaucracy, duplication of government ministries, departments and agencies and endemic corruption.

He stated that other factors were the high cost of public service delivery due to infrastructure failure, high-security costs as a result of insurgencies, kidnappings, ethnoreligious agitations and armed robbery, multiple salaries and severance allowances; extravagant activities and expenditures, high domestic and foreign debts and weak enforcement institutions.

The RMAFC boss also noted that the cost of governance over the years has been very high and alarming and therefore unsustainable as recurrent expenditure continues to significantly exceed capital expenditure thus negatively impacting on investment, industrial expansion, infrastructural development and growth of the real sectors of the economy.

The Chairman of the Commission expressed optimism that the wholesale adoption of the Oronsanye report by President Tinubu administration was laudable as it was capable of drastically reducing the cost of governance that would conserve funds for infrastructural development which would impact positively on the lives of the citizens.

Speaking on the current fiscal and monetary reforms being undertaken by the administration of President Tinubu, Mr. Shehu explained that the policies of prioritising price and exchange rate stability to promote sustainable economic growth, and safeguarding the livelihoods of Nigerians is quite commendable.

According to him, such policies will play a crucial role in cushioning the impact of hyperinflation in the economy.

“The RMAFC sees price stability and exchange rate stability as good policies in the right direction. The price stability preserves the purchasing power of the national currency, provides confidence to the investors and assists the citizenry to plan their spending and savings more effectively.”

The Commission also extolled the administration of President Tinubu for introducing policies aimed at reorganising the Bureau De Change Market to achieve transparent market operations in line with International Best Practices.

“The policy will enhance credibility, transparent operations and build trust among market participants, regulatory authorities, and the public. A reorganised BDC market with clear and open processes contributes to the credibility of the foreign exchange system”.

The RMAFC also laid credence to the policy because it will reduce exchange rate volatility, minimise uncertainties in the foreign exchange market, attract direct foreign investment, improve financial inclusiveness, reduce speculative activities, improve regulatory oversight and ensure effective monetary policy implementation.

“When stakeholders have access to accurate information about market conditions, it can lead to more stable exchange rates, reducing volatility and providing a more predictable environment for businesses and investors”.

The RMAFC chairman therefore advised the present administration to consolidate the synergy and coordination between monetary and fiscal authorities.

“The country can be assured that through the coordination of policies and the current structural reforms, implementing Oronsanye’s report will bring a more stable exchange rate, control inflation, reduce the cost of governance, and create an enabling environment for businesses and individuals to thrive”.

The RMAFC Chair also advised the Committee on the implementation of the Oronsanye Report to equally consider the duplication of agencies especially those agencies created after the report between 2014 to date adding that a wholistic implementation of the report will save funds for infrastructural development in the country.

In order to cushion the effects occasioned by the subsidy removal, the RMAFC Chairman similarly called on the Federal Government and States to judiciously utilise the increased allocations from the monthly Federation Accounts Allocation Committee (FAAC) to provide adequate palliatives to the teeming masses in the country.