The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Nana Fatima Mede, has descibed effective plan-budget link as critical for attaining inclusive growth and national development
Mede stated this in her remarks during a Specialised Training Programme on Strategic Planning and Effective Linkage to Budgeting Process, organized by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning in Kano
The Permanent Secretary was represented by Alhaji Aminu Yargaya, Assistant Director (Plans), Macroeconomic Analysis Department in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning.
Mede said, ” it is clear that the role of strategic planning and effective linkage to budgeting process is very critical towards the realisation of the aspirations of any nation. Studies have shown that countries like China, Malaysia, Indonesia, etc that have consistently been implementing National Development Plans are successful in attaining inclusive growth and sustainable development”
She explained that, the training was organised for officers of Federal MDAs, as part of a continuous re-training and development programme to sharpen the skills of officers for improved service delivery.
” This training is one of the key activities designed to be undertaken by the Ministry, with a view to enhance the competence of technical officers in the areas of plan formulation, implementation, policy analysis and forecasting” She added.
Mede also described the low level of implementation of National Development Plans, as well as Annual Budgets as an issue not unconnected with capacity gaps identified in the Public Service.
She explained that, as a result, in some cases, MDAs are not able to effectively formulate credible Sector Plans or Annual Budgets nor are they able to implement them effectively.
While commending the merger of the former National Planning Commission with the Budget Office of the Federation, Mede said, that in the past, bureaucracy and lack of effective collaboration between government agencies had hindered effective Plan-Budget link , as such emphasised that the merged agencies must work as one to succeed for the good of the country.
Underscoring the imperative of the training exercise, she pointed out that the challenges experienced last year by the Ministry’s Technical Officers in assisting Federal MDAs to prepare their 2016 Budgets necessitated for it, especially now that government is seeking urgent measures to reduce economic waste in the face of the current recession, thereby creating more value for the government.