By Henry Umoru & Racheal Kantiyok
THE Minister/Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission (NPC), Dr. Shamsuddeeen Usman has said that if Nigeria must achieve the set target of becoming one of the twenty world largest economies, there was the need for the country to be knowledge driven.
Speaking in Abuja during the general meeting of the National Technical Working Groups (NTWGs) on Nigeria Vision 20:2020, Usman who noted that the meeting was geared towards appreciating how difficult and complex the journey has been, said it is also aimed at re_strategizing, re_jigging, re_equipping as well as set forth for the journey again.
Meanwhile, some members of the NTWGs have stressed the need for the government to take very seriously the issue of education which is the bedrock of all strata of the society and the economy, just as they warned that the non_inclusion of states and local governments in the process would affect the implementation of the recommendations against the backdrop that they at the grassroots are the ones to implement the outcome of the exercise, adding, â€œthe big big grammar may not help the people at the grassroots as they will not understand the grammar.
To achieve success at the end of the day, one of the thematic groups called for the establishment of a policy implantation committee by the National Planning Commission that would help guarantee anti_policy somersault mechanism, just as the need for the establishment of a national Commission on Vision 2020 was also suggested by one of the NTWGs.
Another group which identified lack of data as a major constraint for the vision 2020, warned that if success must be made, the problem must be addressed, even as the need for implementation of recommendations be looked into to avoid being thrown into the dustbin and not seeing the end of the day.
It would be recalled that while inaugurating the National Technical Working Groups (NTWGs) for the Nigeria Vision 2020 programme in April this year,Â Usman noted that the Committees have barely seven months to deliver the document against the backdrop that President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua would launch it 1st October, 2009.