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FEC approves National Development Plan for 2021-2025

Ahmed and Agba

. Involves investment of N348.7trn over 5 years

The Federal Executive Council (FEC), yesterday, approved a new National Development Plan (NDP) for 2021-2025, at a virtual meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.   

Briefing journalists after the meeting, Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Mrs Zainab Ahmed, said the new NDP is structured along six clusters – economic growth and development, infrastructure, public administration, human capital development, social development, and regional development.

NAN reports that the Minister also said the Plan has investment costs in excess of N348.7 trillion over the five-year period.

She said: “The Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning presented a memo requesting approval for the NDP for 2021 to 2025, which is a plan that is succeeding the ERGP which expired in December 2020.

“The plan is underpinned by a macro-economic framework, which projects an average real GDP growth of five per cent per annum over the plan period.”

Breaking down the N348.7 trillion investment package, Ahmed said this will be distributed between the public sector at N49.7trillion or 14.3% and the private sector will get the larger chunk of N298.3trillion (85.7%).

According to her, the public sector expenditure component of N49.7trillion will be contributed by both the Federal Government and the states.

She explained: “The Federal Government expenditure component is N29.6trillion, representing 8.5% of the total expenditure size, while the sub-national government, states, will be contributing N20.1trillion, representing 5.8%.

“The funding strategies for the plan have also been identified and these include broadening the tax base, enhancing the capacity of the private sector through creating investment opportunities and deliberate policy engagements and incentives.

“There will also be exploring domestic and concessioning financing sources and setting up financial investment vehicles such as growth funds and public private partnership as well as the Nigerian Investment and Growth Fund.

“The implementation of the plan requires the establishment of a strong implementation mechanism and framework that promotes performance and accountability, which is necessary for the implementation of the plan.

“There will also be a Development Plan Implementation Unit that will report to the National Steering Committee, which will be headed by the vice president with the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning as vice chair.”

Ahmed also said the Finance Ministry would establish a Development Plan Implementation Unit would be in the Planning arm, adding that the coordination of the NDP implementation would be carried through to ensure that MDAs, state governments, private sector operators, civil society organizations, among others, are all working in a coordinated fashion.

The implementation of the plan requires the establishment of a strong implementation mechanism and framework that promotes performance and accountability, which is necessary for the implementation of the plan.

She continued: “Immediately we get this Plan launched, we will be continuing work on the longer term plan, which is the Nigeria Agenda 2050.

“This is to make sure that we don’t have a vacuum going forward; we have a medium term plan for five years and there is a long term plan, which is the Nigeria Agenda 2050.

“The long-term plan, the Nigeria Agenda 2050, work will continue immediately we launch this medium term plan.

“Going forward, the national annual budget will be derived from the plan, the details of which have already been costed.

“All MDAs will be required to draw their programmes and projects from the detailed plans that they themselves have submitted during this process; the NDP 2021 to 2025 has been approved today by the FEC for implementation as a successor plan to the elapsed EGRP 2017-2020.”

On his part, the Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, said that the governance structure of the plan would have Atedo Peterside, as co-Chair from the private sector.

He said the National Steering Committee has 42 members comprising key ministers, representatives of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), other organs of the private sector and six governors representing the geo-political zones.

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