The Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Atiku Bagudu has tasked state governors across the country to collaborate with the federal government to tackle unemployment and inflation with the increased revenue to the states.
Bagudu, while speaking at the closing session of the 22nd edition of the National Council on Development Planning (NCDP) held at the Centre of Black Culture, Osogbo, Osun State on Thursday, September 14, also emphasised the importance of planning to economic prosperity and called for constitutional provision for a joint planning board between the state and local governments for effective planning.
He explained: “The annual event provides opportunities for commissioners and other officials across the 36 states who are responsible for economic planning to meet, brainstorm, and interrogate so that we can do better, to growth and inclusive growth.
“The reason for the theme for 2023 is to restore and stabilize the macro economy for sustainable economic growth. This resonates with the Renewed Hope agenda led by President Bola Tinubu. The National Economy Planning is a tool for federalism for more important input so that deliberation there can continuously be taken to state levels in the process of continuously ensuring that decisions taken there are effected.”
Bagudu noted: “We seek more collaboration with state governors because they are equal partners in our polity and ensure we do more together. The measure on subsidy has increased revenues to states already but challenges remain, inflation is still an issue and we need to create employment as quickly as possible to enhance livelihood. I seek the cooperation of governors.”
In the remark of Governor Ademola Adeleke said the theme of the 22nd edition of the event is timely, saying, “As we navigate through the evolving economic landscape, it is crucial that we come together to chart a course that ensures not only growth but sustainability and inclusivity for all Nigerians.”
At the event, states’ commissioners across the country, permanent secretaries with the Deputy Governor, Kola Adewusi, and ex-minister of state, Clem Agba were among the dignitaries.