Buhari Inaugurates Committee For Agenda 2050 Development Plan
NEWSMAN, Abuja – President Muhammadu Buhari has inaugurated the National Steering Committee to oversee the development of the Nigeria Agenda 2050 and Medium-Term National Development Plan to succeed the Vision 20:2020 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan 2017 – 2020.
Buhari said the committee would oversee governance structure comprising the Central Working Group and 26 Technical Working Groups for the important national assignment.
The membership of the newly inaugurated committee to be co-chaired by Atedo Peterside and the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, comprises representatives of one state governor from each of the six geopolitical zones, the Senate and House of Representatives, ministers and representatives of key agencies.
Other members are major political parties, the Association of Local Government of Nigeria, captains of industries, labour organizations, youth organizations and women’s societies, farmers’ associations, traditional and religious leaders, people with special needs and members of the press.
The committee is to develop Successor Plans to Vision 20:2020 and ERGP.
Buhari said it had become necessary to develop successor plans to the Nigeria Vision 20:2020 and the ERGP, which both lapse in December this year, in order to ensure continuity and efficiency in the country’s development planning.
“The main objectives of these successor plans are to lift 100m Nigerians out of poverty within the next 10 years, particularly given the World Bank’s projection that Nigeria will become the world’s third most populous country by 2050 with over 400m people.”
“It’s my expectation that the steering committee will oversee the execution of key deliverables, including recommending measures to ensure the continuous implementation of the plans even after the expiration of the tenure of successive administrations – including legislation, if required”, Buhari said.
He said the successor plans must, therefore, be designed to sustain national development as well as support regional and global strategic interests, as outlined in the African Union Agenda 2063, the ECOWAS Integration Agenda 2050 and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030, Daily trust reported.
The president, who stressed the importance of national development planning, said if carefully conceived and diligently implemented, it could transform the economic fortunes of a nation.