By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
Following the launch of Economic Recovery Plan by the Federal Government, The International Finance Corporation, IFC, a member of World Bank group, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration to give clarification on how it intends to implement the policy plan.
Meantime, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State and his Ogun State counterpart, Ibikunle Amosun, have urged governors to device ingenious strategies that would assist them in meeting the expectations of their residents.
They spoke yesterday, at the opening of the inaugural meeting of Secretaries to State Government, SSG, of All Progressives Congress, APC, states, held in Lagos.
At the forum, Country Manager, International Finance Corporation, IFC, Eme Essien Lore, in her address titled: Job Creation and Social Protection Initiatives In States, commended the federal government for embarking on the plan to boost the country’s economy, saying; “It is a very comprehensive plan and we are happy that the government has made the plan public. And everyone can sit down and look at it.
“It is relatively short period of time and that is why we want to know what the priorities are and how the government intends to achieve what it stated in the plan.
“The plan is quite ambitious but what are the priorities that we can think about collectively. This is because at the end of the day, I believe that the plan is between Y2017 and Y2020.”
Ambode, Amosun task participants
Ambode, who spoke through his Deputy, Dr. Oluranti Adebule, charged the forum to be fully committed to the visions of their respective state governments, by providing accountable, responsible and responsive leadership.
According to Ambode, the Progressive Governors’ Forum, PGF, initiated the Quarterly meetings of the SSGs as part of efforts to meet the expectations of the electorate as well as boost accountability among APC serving Governors to same.