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Vision 20:2020 documents to be released in October

Dr Shamsuddeen Usman,    Minister, National   Planning Commission, on Monday in Abuja said Nigeria ‘s Vision 20:2020 document would be released in October. Usman told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that this would set the development agenda for Nigeria.

“Federal Government of Nigeria acknowledges that it will be easier for the development partners to follow Nigeria’s leadership if we unambiguously articulate our vision and for this reason we are painstakingly going through the visioning process. “The 7-Point Agenda, the Fifth National Development Plan and subsequently, plans will outline the specific measures we will have to take to bring the vision to fruition.“

There are ongoing measures that would provide leadership to our development partners,” he said.Usman said the first step in this direction was the review of Official Development Assistance to Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, the report of which was published in August 2008 by the commission.

He said the review showed that Nigeria received a sizeable amount of development assistance of a little over six billion dollars both in credit and grants during the period. “We also found out that the bulk of grants was disbursed by donors themselves through direct project intervention, which is well intendedbut has not produced the desired results.“Based on the findings of the review, we have made a number of recommendations that will lead to an enhanced partnership for aid effectiveness,’’ he added.

According to Usman, there is also the Policy on Official Development Assistance seeking to ensure aid achieves more by using donor funds judiciously.“This will also ensure achieving an effective monitoring and evaluation mechanism to ensure government and development partners are results oriented.’’


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