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Minister engages stakeholders on National Development Plan

Minister of State Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba

The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Ikanade Agba has enjoined various stakeholders on regional development to evolve strategies for the successful implementation of the approved National Development Plan (2021- 2025).

Mr Agba, who made the remarks while addressing the coordinating meeting on Regional development held in Abuja, observed that the central task of the authorities responsible for regional development “is to create conditions for cooperation among various regions and states that constitute the regions for the formation of a shared vision”.

Mr Agba also charged the meeting to harness ideas that would challenge the participants to take full ownership and proffer concrete recommendations regarding the NDP and the Nigeria Agenda 2050, which is soon to be launched by the Government.

According to him, their recommendations should include:

●Align/realign the targets of organisations to meet the National objectives/targets as encapsulated in the National Development Plan;

●Track progress of regional organisations and align your strategic and operational plans with overall National Interests and priorities;

●Establish the Guidelines for the development of periodic meetings to be held by regional bodies and engage regional stakeholders for enhanced dialogue, among others.

Reporting by Harriet Adams; Editing by Daniel Adejo and Tony Okerafor