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Are You in Support of the Scrapping of EFCC, ICPC & FRSC?



The performance of some government agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has come under scrutiny by individuals and groups in both the private and public sector in recent times.

While some have lauded their performances and advocated for more power and resources to be given to the agencies, others have faulted them, alleging that they were under-performing and misusing the powers invested upon them.

One of such parties faulting the performance of some government agencies is the Presidential Committee on the Rationalisation and Restructuring of Federal Government Parastatals, Commissions and Agencies. Chairman of the committee and a former head of service of the federation, Mr. Stephen Oronsaye presented a report at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday, saying his panel had recommended the reduction of the existing 263 government’s statutory agencies in the country to 161.

Although Oronsaye did not outline the complete list of agencies the committee wanted scrapped, he made specific reference to the EFCC and the ICPC, which he said were performing the traditional functions of the Nigerian Police Force.

He argued that the Federal Road Safety Corps should not be in existence in its current form and that their functions were a replication of the mandates of two existing bodies.

He said although the FRSC had been quite active, the committee observed that what the body was set up to do was a replication of the mandates of two existing bodies: the Highway Department of the Ministry of Works with respect to the maintenance of safety and orderliness on highways and the role of the Nigeria Police in ensuring law and order on the roads.

“The setting up of the FRSC to take over partially the functions already apportioned by law to the Federal Ministry of Works and the Nigeria Police Force as a result of seeming poor performance and/or to satisfy political and individual interests is a typical example of misadventure in the Public Sector at a great cost to government.”

In all, Oronsaye said if the committee’s report was adopted and agencies reduced in accordance with the recommendation, government would be saving over N862bn between 2012 and 2015.

Oronsaye’s argument against the EFCC and the ICPC was stemmed from the fact that their duties are actually the traditional functions of the Nigerian Police.

“It was noted that the functions of the EFCC and the ICPC are the traditional functions of the Nigeria Police. The Committee observed that even though the two commissions were established separately to address corruption, which the Police appeared to have failed to do, successive administrations have ironically continued to appoint the Chairman of the EFCC from the Police Force, while the methodology adopted by the ICPC in conducting investigations as well as the training of its personnel in investigation procedure is carried out by the Police.”

He added that the committee, in the course of its assignment, noted duplication and overlap in the mandates of many parastatals and agencies. One of which was the National Oil Spill Detection and Response Agency which was created to perform a function already assigned by law to the Department of Petroleum Resources.

So, do you agree that the EFCC, ICPC and FRSC are performing “overlapping functions” with other agencies and should be scrapped? Can their functions be performed by other agencies and therefore save the counrty lots of money?

Aside from the agencies mentioned, are there any other federal or state government agencies you think aren’t performing well and should be scrapped also?

Please share your thoughts.

News Source: Punch News

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  1. pynk

    April 17, 2012 at 9:18 am

    too many agencies with overlapping functions.

  2. Moses K. Orfega

    April 17, 2012 at 9:24 am

    Merger seems to be the likely solution. Scrapping will create far more problems than can be imagined.

  3. iye

    April 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

    Yep in full support I believe dey should be scrapped cos we live in a society where d government run these agencies and tell dem wat to do therefore there is no point they are all corrupt the only bad part is the people that will be left with no jobs if it happens

    • esther osoba

      January 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

      i agree with you they should be scrapped

  4. kayode tijani

    April 17, 2012 at 9:41 am

    Yes, they are not effective as expected. Besides it is duplication of issues. Redeploy all of them as police


    April 17, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Please,Not all the securities are bad,but that of FRSN Federal Road Safety of Nigeria are in two forms 1.Those with Red cab,Brown Uniform & The officers in mofty &Jackets.Those with Red cab,Brown Uniform which are junior marshal are collecting MONEY Omi-Adio in IBADAN,They are just collecting #200 each from those transport buses;Pure water vehicles& Block industry truck,but Sand tippers is #500 each.But if you didn’t settle them aswell they will now issue you their penalties peppers topay inthe Bank with a lot of stress.Evens sometimes without committing any offences & it happen everyday.NOTE: You cannot argue with any UNIFORM MAN in this COUNTRY NIGERIA .STOP FRSN

  6. Victor

    April 17, 2012 at 9:58 am

    If all these are scrapped out then boko haram wil crawl in.we should be wise enough my fellow nigerians.

  7. ifunaya

    April 17, 2012 at 10:00 am

    scrap the police and let some of these agencies take over the practice of policing…

  8. Uchechi

    April 17, 2012 at 10:12 am

    Scrapping outrightly will create unemployment, merger with the Nigerian Police will be a better choice for improved performance.

  9. cusman

    April 17, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Consolidation as was done in the banking sector is the solution.

  10. Toyin ALEGE

    April 17, 2012 at 10:53 am

    Scrapping EFCC will create more problem for us, because we all known that Nigeria Police force is the most corrupt Government agencies in Nigeria. If we most be honest with ourself and also with the level of unemployement, what we happen to the steff of this body when scraped.

  11. Sam

    April 17, 2012 at 11:26 am

    In my own opinion, ICPC alone should be scrapped. FRSC and EFCC are important agencies despite seeming corruptions within their quarters. Government should critically sanitize these two agencies (EFCC & FRSC) and make them truly functional again.

  12. tunde

    April 17, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    my own openion is that ICPC and EFCC should be merged as on bodie while the road safty should remain as one bodies

  13. nich

    April 17, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    see nigeria about to fall forever into the pit of hell…………..EFCC should never be scrapped……… can someone in his real mind believe that the police can solve the corruption in nigeria……..

    ……nigeria i weep for thee….

  14. Annonymous

    April 17, 2012 at 6:46 pm

    People, 70 percent of EFCC Staff are police men and these people still brought the police mentality into the agency. EFCC is just a glorified police station. I think the public should know what is going on. In ICPC the field agents were not trained like the EFCC regular staff in the fundamentals of investigation and fire arms. If they are eventually merged they would be a problem with the organizational structure. But, then if this is possible, Nigerians would see the massive corruption in those three agencies. I don’t know why corrupt people should be fighting corruption! EFCC, ICPC and FRCN should also be merged with the Police. Period!

  15. Me2me

    April 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

    ICPC and EFCC should be merged since they solve almost the same problem, but should not be squarely under the govt and actions taking outwhen they arrest people.

    While FRSC should be maintained. They are doing a good job

  16. A

    April 18, 2012 at 3:40 am

    kudos to Mr Oronsaye and his team for this report… hopefully GEJ can approve this report!

  17. Bwachong Garba

    April 18, 2012 at 9:01 am

    Suppose there it should be no agency that it should be scrapped rather to be merge. I want to believe if somebody will suggest for the scrapping of govern agencies, that person should be investegeted thoroughly, when you are aware of the current stuation in the country nonsence.

  18. olalekan daniels

    April 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I will not subscribe to the scrapping of any of these agencies, but rather they should be made to carryout their set objectives as set out in the Act that establishes it.the EFCC & ICPC are kind of carrying out duplication of roles, I’ll subscribe to a merger rather than scrapping.

  19. BeautyFULL

    April 18, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    They should be merged and retrained but only because of the staff that will lose their jobs.That said,the people that have turned billionaires by supplying uniforms and all will never allow it so there goes …

  20. yaya mayaki

    April 18, 2012 at 10:50 pm

    ICPC and EFCC are doing almost thesame work they should merged together while FRSC should operate as onebody.instead of reducing them they should create more jobs for youth in the society thank u

  21. bala ismail kumo

    June 28, 2012 at 11:01 am

    in my own opinion frsc would never be merge with the police,bcos frscis performing within the platform of their assigned duties.

  22. Sidi Haruna

    November 10, 2012 at 7:15 am

    But in truly fact,FRSC do deir best but EFCC & IPCC do nothing 4 the masses & our truly concern is 4 d masses,so EFCC & IPCC should be scrappe.

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