By Dayo Johnson
THE Federal Government Tuesday said a committee that will monitor the implementation of the Vision 20:2020 in all the states of the Federation has been inaugurated.
This is coming as the renowned economist, Prof Sam Aluko blamed the economic woes of the country on the inability of its leaders to plan in advance the socio-economic development of the nation.
Aluko who was making a remark at the presentation of the Ondo State Vision 20:2020 blueprint and the inauguration of the state Medium Term Development Implementation plan in Akure said â€œwhere the country has any plan at all; it always failed to execute the plan to precision.
According to him, â€œsome countries, including the United States of America usually have their annual budget in advance while that of Nigeria was in arrears.
But the Minister of National Planning, Dr Shamsudeen Usman said the Central Working Group inaugurated to produce the First National Implementation Plan from 2010 to 2013 for the Vision 20: 2020 had commenced work.
Usman pointed out that the Federal Government expected all the states of the federation to feature prominently in the project for an effective national consensus.
He explained that the committee had already started working closely with the federal ministries and agencies and other key stakeholders like development partners and the non-governmental organisations.
â€œAs part of the National Vision 20:2020 sensitization strategy, we have planned series of visits to the various state governments to officially launch the economic transformation blueprint. We will also encourage state governments to develop complementary Medium-Term Implementation Plans for their respective vision documentsâ€, he said
According to him, the Justice Alfa Begoreâ€™s (rtd) panel saddled with the responsibility of preparing the law has submitted its report of the Vision 20:2020 to the Federal Executive Council for ratification and the office of Attorney General of the Federation is working on the bill that would be passed into law.
The Vision when it becomes law would be sent to the National Assembly before the first quarter of the year and would be implemented by successive regimes irrespective of the political party affiliations.
The Minister lauded the Ondo State Government for inaugurating its medium-term implementation plans earlier than most other states in the country.
Usman called on other state governments to imitate Ondo by inaugurating their own medium-term implementation plan to enable the country achieve its vision of becoming one of the 20th most developed economies by 2020.
According to him, â€œtogether, we will provide for our nation and Nigerians, an enviable economic growth path that is built on solid policies, strategies and programmes of action that are not only participatory in design but also in implementation to actualize our national vision.â€
Responding Governor Mimiko, pledged to mobilize indigenes of the state at home and abroad towards embracing and actualization of the vision.
Mimiko said â€œwe will require the wisdom, guidance and wealth of experience of our elder statesmen in this regardâ€.
The governor urged all stakeholders in the economy of the state to submit memoranda with a view to contributing their expertise to the economic transformation of the state.
Mimiko said the economic histories of countries like Japan , United Arab Emirates, Singapore, Botswana and Ghana showed that the nation can turn around the economy and set it on the trajectory of exponential and irreversible growth.
According to him, “the state government would take the lead in harnessing science, technology, and arts to solve the communal problems, and accelerate the development of the people.
He said the government would encourage and celebrate ground-breaking research efforts.
Mimiko added that his government would form a partnership that would ensure that everyday problems and challenges would be subject of intellectual research and the research efforts would attract private sector funding to commercialize them for public use.