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FG To Tinker With Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020

Posted: Mar 21, 2016 at 1:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chibuzor Emejor, Abuja

Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would tinker with Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020 with a view to taking account of the development priorities and “Change Agenda” of the current administration.
Ahmed explained to the members of the Senate Committee on National Planning and Economic Affairs who were on oversight visit to the Ministry in Abuja recently that the proposed tinkering of the country’s long term development agenda would align with the Sustainable Development Goals[SDGs] 2016—2030.
She further explained that the proposed update of Nigeria’s 2020 Economic Transformation Blueprint was also “intended to give monitoring and evaluation and policy analysis and forecasting its pride of place in the planning and budgeting process to ensure effective service delivery in the country.”
It would be recalled that former President Goodluck Jonathan launched Vision 20: 2020 on June 14,2010 after it was crafted and put together over a period of nine months by over 5,000 participants drawn from both public and private sectors of the economy.
The Vision 20:2020 which is a comprehensive framework designed to stimulate economic growth in the country, also offers a blueprint for sustainable political development in Nigeria.
Vision 2020 is also aligned with the goals of the National Development Plan (NDP).
One of the main objectives of Vision 2020 is to make Nigeria one of the largest 20 economies in the world by 2020.
According to the former Minister of National Planning Commission[NPC], Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, the NV 2020 was designed to be implemented through three medium term development plans namely; First medium term plan (NIP 2010-13), second Implementation plan(2014 – 2017) and third Implementation plan(2018 – 2020).
Just like every other policy in Nigeria, the implementation of the Vision has been at a snail’s pace.
Independent reliably gathered that successive administrations have had reservations on the content of the Vision.
For instance, on assumption of office, the immediate past Minister of National Planning Commission, Abubakar Suleiman, said the nation’s Vision 20:2020 lacked the contributions of the members of the academia, a situation which he said was a clog in its implementation.
Suleiman told journalists in Abuja that one of the challenges of the Vision 20:2020 was non-integration of the members of the academia.
While fielding questions from newsmen on his plans to implement Vision 20:2020, he said “The only challenge I see in Vision 20:2020 is non-integration of the members of the academia. We need to integrate the members of the academia into the Vision to make it work.
“We need to strategise with the academia. The staff of the National Planning need to synergise with other relevant agencies to achieve our dream.”
Apart from paucity of funds occasioned by dwindling revenue of recent, it was reliably gathered from public analysts that lack of confidence and politics played by critical stakeholders on the Vision could result in its abandonment by the present administration.