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2050 National Development Agenda: Buhari appoints opposition parties, private sector to drive it

 …Mr Atedo Peterside co-chairs committee with Finance Minister

Pres. Muhammadu Buhari

 

 

….says plan will lift 100m Nigerians out of poverty by 2030

President Muhammadu Buhari has coopted major political parties into the National Steering Committee to oversee the development of the Nigeria Agenda 2050 and Medium-Term National Development Plan (MTNDP) to replace Vision 20:2020 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) 2017-2020.

Buhari said the composition of the committee is to ensure a truly consultative, participatory and inclusive planning process.

The Committee will be jointly chaired by Mr Atedo Peterside (representing the private sector) and Dr (Mrs) Zainab Ahmed, the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

Other members are representatives of one state governor from each of the six geopolitical zones, the Senate and House of Representatives, ministers and representatives of key agencies.

ALGON, captains of industries, Labour Organizations, youth organizations and women’s societies,   farmers’ associations, traditional and religious leaders, people with special needs and members of the press are also members.

The President said:”lt has become necessary to develop Successor Plans to the Nigeria Vision 20:2020 and the ERGP, which both lapse in December this year, in order to ensure continuity and efficiency in the country’s development planning.

“The main objectives of these Successor Plans are to lift 100 million Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years, particularly given the World Bank’s projection that Nigeria will become the world’s third most populous country by 2050 with over 400 million people.”

 

On the mandate of the committee, Buhari said it would oversee governance structure comprising the Central Working Group and 26 Technical Working Groups for the important national assignment.

”It is my expectation that the Steering Committee will oversee the execution of key deliverables, including recommending measures to ensure the continuous implementation of the Plans even after the expiration of the tenure of successive Administrations – including legislation, if required.

”Such legislation may introduce much-needed rigour and discipline to the nation’s development planning as well as institutionalise planned outcomes for the future. I trust that our partners in the National Assembly will support us in exploring these reforms, ” he said in a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, obtained by Persecondnews.

He urged the National Steering Committee not to lose sight of the important role Nigeria plays on the continent as well as in the global community.

He said the successor plans must, therefore, be designed to sustain national development, as well as support regional and global strategic interests, as outlined in the African Union Agenda 2063, the ECOWAS Integration Agenda 2050 and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

Underscoring the national development planning, the President said: “lf carefully conceived and diligently implemented, it can transform the economic fortunes of a nation.

”The Chinese experience is an example. It has resulted in lifting over 700 million people out of poverty over the last four decades.

”Indeed, China’s track record of positive economic growth, since 1992, was only halted in the first quarter of 2020, due to onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic.

”COVID-19 presents the world – and Nigeria – with a crisis as well as an opportunity. The current global health and economic crises give us an opportunity to think afresh and chart an optimal path forward.”

The President recalled that in February 2017 when he launched the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan, its objectives included, restoring and sustaining growth, investing in people and building a globally competitive economy.

On the other hand, he said Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020 was an articulation of the long-term intent to launch Nigeria into a path of sustained socio-economic development.

”The ERGP shared this vision, which ensured that the country exited recession in 2017 and sustained growth in Gross Domestic Product until the recent global economic challenges occasioned by COVID-19.

”Over the decades, successive planning and visioning exercises have guided investment in human capital development, the implementation of our infrastructural roadmap, and supported social investment in our people’s lives and livelihoods.”

While wishing the committee success in its assignment, Buhari said he looked forward to receiving regular reports of deliberations.

”At the heart of the Successor Plans is the partnership between the public and private sectors, with Government as the enabler of private sector investment and industry.”

 

Earlier, Finance Minister Ahmed noted that lately, various zones of the country have been pursuing different economic cooperation within their areas.

She, therefore, advised that the new plans should consider the comparative advantages available in these regional blocs to build a virile Nigeria.

”Although the two National Plans are on their way out, the question that will remain on the lips of Nigerians and which we must be ready to provide an answer with little or no prompting as we progress with the preparation of the successor Plans, is how much the Plans have transformed Nigerian economy.

”As the National Steering Committee for the preparation of the new Plans, we must therefore strive to give hope to the great citizens of this country with the quality of Plans that we are coming up with, ” she said.

Also speaking, the co-chair, Mr Peterside promised that the committee would work as a team, and commended the President for making the committee all-inclusive.

”For a development plan to be successful, it has to be inclusive, people should be consulted, own it and believe it is working for them.”

According to him, the composition of the committee has passed the necessary tests with the inclusion of major political parties, governors among others.

“We will learn from past mistakes. Although these are difficult times, it is also the best time to get people together to think about the future.”

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