AKURE—A 25-year Ondo State Medium Term Development Plan is to be flagged off by the state governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko next week. The Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Mr. Akin Adaramola said while briefing newsmen in Akure that the public presentation is fixed for next Tuesday.

Adaramola said the proposed 25 year plan will be a bottom up approach and highly participatory as it will involve communities developing their plan which will form the basis for ward, constituency, local government and the state.

According to him, “we will not only be presenting the vision document to the generality of the people, we will also be flagging off the process of actualizing the vision. This is state Medium Term Development Plan, which is going to be our implementation plan for the first five years of the vision.

“We are also going beyond Vision 20: 2020 to do a perspective plan of 25 years for the state. The proposed 25-year plan will be a bottom-up approach and highly participatory as it will involve communities developing their plan which will form the basis for Ward, Constituency, Local government and eventually State plan.”

The Commissioner pointed out that the state component of the nation’s vision 20:2020 would be presented first to the people of the state before the flagging off of the developmental plan.

Adaramola pointed out that after the public presentation and flagging off of the state medium term plan, government will inaugurate the state planning council which will serve as the highest council for planning in the state.

According to him, the council will be chaired by the governor with representatives from every strata of the society.
Adaramola said the Minister of National Planning, Dr Shamsudeen Usman and the National Coordinator of Vision 20: 2020, Mr. Akin Arikawe and all members of the State House of Assembly, National  Assembly, interest groups, market women and leaders of all political parties would attend.

The Commissioner, however, faulted the Federal Government developmental plans, saying the strategy for their implementations were not in the best interest of the people they are meant to serve.

He regretted that various governments in the past have been moving from one strategy to another in the implementation of development agenda.

According to him, the components of many states for the Vision 20:2020 in the country were not realistic as the Federal Government in the circular directing state governments to submit their own development plans to the Committee were given only three weeks to do so.

Adaramola said the people who were to be the ultimate beneficiaries of the development programmes were not consulted before the plans were designed for them.

Despite the abundance resources in the country, Adaramola said the inconsistency in the implementation of development agenda had made the country to lag behind other developing nations, like Botswana and Malaysia.

He pointed out that several development plans for the country since 1948, when the country had its first nation-wide 10-year development plan to Vision 2010 of the Federal Government have not yielded any positive result simply because there was no strategy for their implementation.

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