PIND, Edo Gov Identify Planning as Panacea to Sustainable Development

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Foundation for Partnerships in the Niger Delta, (PIND), and the Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki have identified planning and implementation of development frameworks as a panacea for sustainable development.

The Executive Director of PIND, Dr Dara Akala and Governor Obaseki made the assertion on Tuesday at the opening of this year’s edition of Niger Delta Development Forum (NDDF 2018), an annual forum for multi-stakeholder conversations on economic development and policy in the Niger Delta holding in Benin, Edo State.

Speaking at the event which has the theme, “Delivering Results: Executing A State-Led Plan,” Akala said for Niger-Delta region and indeed Nigeria to attain the much-needed development in all phases of its polity, planning should take the centre stage.

According to Dr Akala, the notion that hindrance to development in Nigeria was not the availability of planning but implementation was not true, taking into consideration that planning itself incorporates implementation.

He said the importance of planning cannot be overemphasis principally because it leads to sustainable development.

Dr Akala noted that appreciating the importance of the role development plays in economic development hence the need for the Niger-Delta Development Forum to assist states within the region in realizing development for their people.

“To bring development to life within the region, it Is important that planning Is done by using strategic approaches and solutions tailored to local circumstances.

“The NDDF should, therefore, serve as peer-to-peer learning and lesson sharing between government and stakeholders to enable them to deliver on their state-led development roadmaps,” Dr Akala explained.

In a remark the Edo State Governor, Mr Godwin Obaseki said his administration understands the role planning plays in development hence the current effort by the Edo State government at institutionalizing her development effort for sustainable development.

Obaseki who was represented by the special adviser on Economic Planning, Joseph Eboigbe noted that the rate of crime in the region was a pointer to that fact that despite the availability of natural resources and effort by successive governments at development, much needed to be done in areas of planning for sustainable development.

Other speakers at the event including Dr. Seun Akisanya, Director, Economic Planning, Lagos State Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Dr. Francis Ntamu, Chief Economic Adviser, Rivers State Government and Dr. Ali Momoh – Facilitator, National Assembly Business Environment Round Table noted that government must take cognizance of the State-led plans vis-a-vis institutional structures, policy mechanism, and regulatory reforms.

They urged the government to tie initiatives to incentives and investments that encourage continued adherence to the development plan that galvanizes partnership, capacity building, and local empowerment.

The event had in attendance international development partners, private sector players, business development agencies and representatives of states governments from the region

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