President Bola Tinubu’s administration is set to restructure several ministries of the Federal Government, following the recommendations of the Stephen Oronsaye report on civil service restructuring. Ministries like Education, Youths and Sports Development, Agricultural and Rural Development, Solid Minerals, Works and Housing, Power, Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management, and Social Development will be restructured or merged, leading to the creation of new ministries.
For instance, the Ministry of Education will be split into the Ministry of Tertiary Education and the Ministry of Basic Education for primary and secondary education levels. The Ministry of Works and Housing will be unbundled into separate entities focusing on federal roads and highways and housing. The Ministry of Humanitarian, Social Development, and Disaster Management will be restructured into the Ministry of Human Development, with social development included in its functions.
Additionally, new ministries of Solid Minerals and Iron and Steel Development will be established. The Ministry of Budgeting and National Planning will undergo restructuring, with budgeting merging into the Ministry of Finance, and national planning moving to the new Ministry of Statistics.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry might see the commerce component move to the Ministry of Trade and Investment, while the industry component will be transferred to the new Ministry of Employment and Industry.
The Ministry of Solid Petroleum will emerge from the Ministry of Petroleum Resources and will be responsible for bitumen and tar sand. The Ministry of Interior may also be restructured to handle identity, birth and death registration, and immigration issues.
Though opinions from experts vary on whether the restructuring process will be beneficial, the Tinubu administration aims to streamline the ministries to enhance service delivery and government policies’ implementation. However, some argue that the focus should be on efficient service delivery rather than creating new ministries.