Nigeria will soon introduce a long term Development plan that will improve the economy of the country.
The Chairman Senate Committee on National Planning and Economic Affairs, Olubunmi Adetunbi made the disclosure at an accountability forum organised by ActionAid Nigeria through SCAP-C in Abuja.
He expressed optimism that the Federal Government in conjunction with members of the National assembly will come up with several initiatives that will improve the economy of the country.
“The process for the new development plan has begun. We are planning to organize a two day retreat in the month of December. In this meeting we will have the Ministers of Finance, as well as that of National Planning, the members of National Assemblies and other relevant organization coming together to chart the way forward for Nigeria.”
According to him, it is high time to move the country in the right channel. He further charged all the citizens to be fully involved in the developmental process that will improve the economy of the country.
In addition, he charged the different State Governors to provide the relevant infrastructure that will make life comfortable for the resident.
“If we want to grow the economy of the country, it must come from the state. The economy of the state, is the aggregate of all the local Government. They must take up their responsibility and stop giving excuse. The welfare of the citizen must be of high priority”.
Speaking further at the event, Professor of Development Economics and Public Finance at the University of Abuja, Nazifi Darma, urged Nigerians to adopt appropriate technology that will bring about development to the country.
“The only thing that is legitimate to steal globally is technology, and we must do that as a nation if we desire to progress. We must be able to learn from the developed world how they were able to make progressive change in their country”.
He added that Nigerians can learn from Kenya who has just concluded its developmental plan.
“We need to determine as a country what level of development we want to achieve, if its midterm or long term development. There is need to put up a template for midterm and long term strategies that will develop the nation”.
He charged the three tiers of Government to work together and improve all sector of the economy.
The Country Director of Global Rights Nigeria, Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru, emphasized on the need to fully involve the people at the grassroots, before any meaningful progress can be achieved in terms of development.
She hinted that at the Local Government level, appropriate infrastructure must be provided for the citizen.
“Taking a close look at Kenya, we can see that decision comes from the grass root, and they have experienced meaningful development. Nigeria as a country can take a cue, and implement the process at the Local Government level.”