By Tony Obiechina, Abuja
The Minister of State, Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Agba, has challenged commissioners of Budget and Economic Planning to devise alternative ways of revenue generation for sustainable development of the economy.
The Minister gave the charge at the Forum of Commissioners of Budget and Economic Planning, Community of Practice (CoP) in Abuja.
The Minister urged the Economic Planners to re – prioritize states’ needs and address the core areas to ensure effective and efficient usage of the revenue, maintaining that “we are not putting sufficient money in the right sectors of our economy”
“Come up with strategies on how best Nigeria can properly align the key variables of the quality of our infrastructure, policies and institutions to ensure sustainable economic diversification as the nation commences discussions on the formation of a new long term National Development plan”, he challenged the Commissioners.
The Minister also decried the nation’s continuous dependence on oil as its major source of revenue, saying “due to current environmental global uncertainties and volatility, it has become imperative that we do not continue to hold onto the erroneous belief that oil will continue to provide endless source of revenue for the Nation”
He then solicited support from states and strategic stakeholders on the Federal Government’s efforts to find alternative ways of diversifying and growing the economy, saying the successor plan of the ERGP will be underpinned on these themes.
Permanent Secretary, Budget and National Planning, Ernest Umakhihe, in his opening remarks commended UK’s DFID-PERL for their support towards the accomplishments of previous CoP meetings.
He said the meeting would provide a platform that will allow for further discussions on the Action Plan for the implementation of the previous Joint Planning Board/ National council on Development Planning Resolutions,(2018/2019); Presentation on Economic Diversification and Nigerian Fiscal Sustainability: Option for States and Topical issues.