The House of Representatives has commenced the process of scrapping and merging ministries, departments and agencies of the Federal Government, with its Ad Hoc Committee to investigate the Duplication of Functions of Agencies to reduce the cost of governance and ensure efficiency.

The committee has consequently asked the MDAs to justify why they should remain in existence and as individual entities.

At its inaugural investigative hearing in Abuja on Tuesday, the National Commission for Museums and Monuments, the National Council for Arts and Culture, the National Gallery of Art and the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation appeared before the committee.

The Director-General, NCAC, Otunba Segun Runsewe, while being grilled by the committee, called for more powers to regulate reality programmes such as the Big Brother Nigeria. He also recalled how he went after popular cross-dresser, Idris Okuneye, popular known as Bobrisky.

A member of the committee, Alex Egbonna, had expressed concerns that the BBN, an annual show organised by South African-based MultiChoice, owners of cable television service provider, DSTV, was showing nudity and other contents alien to the Nigerian culture.

Runsewe, in his response, called for more regulatory powers. He said, “I am the first person who took Big Brother Nigeria to NBC to report them. I took it up and Big Brother (organisers) tried to reach me and I told them that if the culture in other parts of the world is to be naked – nudity- they should not bring it to Nigeria because our culture is rich and it respects integrity of our country.”.

Credit: Punch

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