Senate begins retreat on effective National Planning

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

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The absence of proper planning and failure of national budgets to meet the needs of Nigerians at the grassroots level has been described as some of the reasons the country is bedeviled by underdevelopment.

This was the view of stakeholders in Abuja at a two day retreat jointly organized by the Senate committee on National Planning and Economic affairs chaired by Senator Olubunmi Adetumbi in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning.

The retreat is seeking to build the capacity of members of the legislature and executive arm of government in order to come up with achievable National Development Plans that can be used in shaping Nigeria’s budgeting system.

Chairman of the Nigerian Governors forum and Governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi says the retreat is very important as proper planning will go a long way in cutting down the pervasive poverty in the country.

Former Chief Executive of the National Planning Commission, Prof. Ode Ojowu, says until the federal government strengthens institutions that deal with economic planning and stop playing politics with the country’s census, development will be difficult to achieve.

Lawmakers, state governors and officials from the ministry of finance, budget and national planning are attending the retreat which ends on Tuesday.