Osinbajo Inaugurates National Development Steering Committee, Restates FG’s Determination To Achieve Its Targets
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN has inaugurated the Steering Committee of the National Development Plan 2021 – 2025 noting that the aim is to lay a solid foundation for a strong base that will drive an effective implementation and produce a prosperous country.
According to him, the “overall aim of establishing the National Steering Committee (NSC) and the Development Plan Implementation Unit (DPIU) is to lay the foundation for a strong institutional base, structures and systems that would drive and ensure efficient and effective implementation of the targets in the National Development Plan 2021 – 2025, towards building a prosperous country.”
It will be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, launched the National Development Plan on the 22nd of December, 2021.
Prof. Osinbajo said the Steering Committee is required to “provide the necessary policy guidance and leadership for effective and successful implementation of the Plan.
“It is a testament to the determination and commitment of the government to provide the desired political will and leadership for effective implementation of the new national development plan.”
He added that the Committee is a national assignment with institutional membership and outlives an administration.
“Indeed, this particular National Steering Committee will in a few months hand over to a new administration. This calls for dedication and hard work to lay a solid foundation in the relatively short time left,” the VP urged.
During the inauguration, the Vice President pointed out that “going forward, the Federal Government is determined to make a paradigm shift by ensuring that agencies and institutions make necessary commitments and account for the level of implementation of programmes and projects within their respective sectors, especially those that were admitted into the National Development Plan, with a view to increasing and improving infrastructure stock in Nigeria.
“We may also recall that a pillar of this government’s commitments is to reduce poverty by moving 100 million people out of poverty to the path of prosperity in 10 years, by the end of 2030. In this regard, NDP 2021 – 2025 was designed to lift 35 million people out of poverty and generate 21 million jobs by the end of 2025.”
The VP listed the specific objectives of the committee, of which he is Chairman, as follows:
– To ensure efficient management of the implementation process of the Plan;
– To reduce bureaucratic processes in the governance process;
– To gradually professionalise planning functions for capacity sustainability;
– To begin the process of institutionalisation of the Plan implementation within the Ministry and other MDAs;
– To facilitate manpower development and adequate utilisation in the public service to drive the implementation of the Plan;
– To exercise cooperation and coordination towards effective implementation of national development plans by all MDAs.
Among those present at the inauguration were the Ministers of Budget and National Planning (State) Prince Clem Agba, who is Vice Chairman; Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu; Transportation (State) Prince Ademola Adegoroye; Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Niyi Adebayo; and Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire. There were also representatives of other Ministers who are members of the Committee.
Others include Prince Adeyemi Adeniran, Statistician-General of the Federation; Executive Director of Nigeria Network of NGOs, Oyebisi Oluseyi; President of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Otunba Francis Meshioye; President of ALGON, Hon. Kolade Alabi, and other representatives of MDAs.
The membership of the committee is composed of the following:
1. Vice President, Federal Republic of Nigeria – Chairman
2. Honourable Minister of State, Budget and National Planning – Vice Chairman
3.Permanent Secretary, Budget and National Planning – Secretary
4. 6 State Governors (1 Governor from each geopolitical zone) – Members
5. CEO of the Budget Office of the Federation – Member
6.CEO of the National Bureau of Statistics – Member
7. Honourable Minister of Works & Housing – Member
8. Honourable Minister of Power – Member
9. Honourable Minister of Industry, Trade & Investment – Member
10. Honourable Minister of Transport – Member
11.Honourable Minister of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development – Member
12. Honourable Minister of Environment – Member
13. Honourable Minister of Health – Member
14. Governor of CBN – Member
15. GMD of NNPC – Member
16. Representative of the Organised Private Sector (OPS) – Member
17. Representative of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) – Member
18. Chairman, Association of Local Governments
of Nigeria (ALGON) – Member
19. Representative of Development Partners – Member