By Peter Egwuatu
THE Stakeholders Development Committee (SDC) has identified three major performance indices as a benchmark to be met if government must realise its dream of becoming one of the top 20 economies in the world by year 2020.
National Co-ordinator of Nigeria Vision20: 2020, Mr. Akin Arikawe disclosed this on Monday in Lagos at the opening ceremony of Ã two day South West Zonal workshop on the preparation of SPC inputs into the Nigeria vision 20: 2020 document.
According to him, â€œ If Nigeria can attain $900 billion Gross Domestic Product (GDP) as in Turkey, $4,000 per capita income and grows the economy by double digit the dream of vision 2020 can be realised.â€
He stated that Nigeria have abundant resources than Turkey, stressing that with proper planning, improved technology, adequate infrastructure in place, among others the country will attain the vision 2020 even before the stated period.
He said there was need for the people to change their attitudinal orientation in both social and economic life. According to him, â€œ The dream of vision 2020 is all encompassing as it touches virtually all spheres of life. We need to improve our knowledge, technology, education, security, health, polity, infrastructure etc.Â Nigeria has everything it takes to achieve this provided the present democratic system is sustainedÂ where officials of government can be made accountable for the office he or she holds. It is aÂ good thing to have a democratic government that the people can constructively criticize in order to push the economy forward.â€
To this extent, he charged the South West States and the Local Government Areas to be actively involved in the process of developing the Nigeria vision 20: 2020 document
He said, â€œ The process of developing the vision document envisages that each State representative and Local Government will participate in drawing up their vision plan.Â This is intended to ensure that the inputs of the States, the Local Government Areas and the entire citizenry are well reflected in the final document of the vision in order to make it truly national and broad based.
Arikawe noted that the workshop was expected to consider proposals from the States in line with the guidelines specified in the report format addressed to each Stateâ€™s Stakeholders Development Committee.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Special Adviser to the Governor on Budget and Economic Planning, Mrs. F.M Oguntuase in her key note address stated that the workshop no doubt will provide a good opportunity for the desired interaction between the States and the Federal Government for charting a cause which was missing in the process which followed the earlier visioning process.
According to her, â€œ The Lagos State Government welcomes this opportunity and hopes that it will make better use of this opportunity.â€
In her paper presented by Director, Lagos State Economic Planning, Mr. E.O Oyegoke stated that Lagos State places much emphasis on its Ten Point Agenda for the development of the State.
â€œ The focus of our policy goal is sustainable development through infrastructural renewal. We require this focus more than ever and it is our hope that this renewed commitment on the path of the government will help chart the direction for the Lagos State Vision 20: 2020 â€ she added.