Nigeria Agenda : Nkechi Obi gets appointment as Deputy Cordinator Youth and Sport Development


Francis Achi

As one of the ways to maximise the potentials of youthful population of Nigeria, the Ministry of Budget and National Planning has appointed Nkechi Obi as Deputy Cordinator under the category of Youth and Sport Development for Nigeria agenda, totorinews reports.

Obi has been active participant and a stakeholder in the development of sport in Nigeria and it is believed that her appointment will be very vital to the development of  Nigeria agenda  for 2021 -25, 2026 -30 and even up to 2050.

She is also a consultant to the Nationwide League One (NLO). She got the appointment when Sola Ogunnowo took over as the Chief Operating Officer of Nigeria’s third tier league in 2014.

Below is the opening address of Prince Clem Ikanade Agba, the honourable Minister of State For Budget and National planning at the event powered by zoom digital technology.

It is my pleasure to address you on this occasion of the inauguration of the Group 
1 (Human Capital & Natural Resources) Technical Working Groups [TWGs] for the development of MTNDP 2021 – 2025, MTNDP 2026-2030 and the Nigeria Agenda 2050. As you may be aware, these initiatives are designed to succeed the current Nigeria Vision 20:2020 and the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan [ERGP 2017 – 2020] respectively. The plans are to address developmental challenges in all aspects of the country’s national life within the agreed time frame.

2.     The Federal Ministry of Finance, Budget and National Planning have agreed on the economic models to be used. Econometric and Input-Output Models will be used for the preparation of Macroeconomic framework for the two Medium-Term National Development Plan [MTNDP], 2021 – 2025 & 2026-2030, while Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium [CGE] and System Dynamic-based Integrated Sustainable Development Goals Simulation [iSDG] Models for Nigeria Agenda 2050.

3. This will be truly a national development plan led by the organized private sector and enabled by Government. The planning process will be inclusive and participatory with full involvement of the sub-nationals (State and Local Governments), the major political parties, the National Assembly, Youth and Women organizations, physically challenged, and other relevant stakeholders.

 4.     The governance structure has three levels with Technical Working Groups (TWG) as the base where all technical works will be carried out before escalation to the Central Working Group (CWG) which has oversight functions on the TWGs. The coordinators of the TWGS are co-opted members of CWG for synergy. The CWG is headed by DR. (Mrs) Sarah Alade (Former Deputy Governor Central Bank of Nigeria and now Special Advisor to the President on Finance and Economy). At the top is the Steering Committee which has oversight on all the planning process. This is Chaired by Sir. Atedo Peterside and Co-chaired by Dr. Mrs. Zainab S. Ahmed (Hon. Minister of Finance Budget and National Planning). To truly reflect national outlook, the Steering Committee also has members drawn from the various segment of the society including six Governors from the six geo-political zones, President of umbrella Youth Organizations, two leaders of NASS committee on National Planning, representatives of the two major religious organizations, President National Council of Women Society etc.
5.     We have also inaugurated the Macroeconomic and Growth Diagnostic Thematic Group who are already working on the macro framework.

 6.    For a robust long-term perspective plan, I recommend the application of the concept of Futurology. Futurology/ futurism is not only about postulating possible probable and preferable futures only, but also about creating the future we desire.  This implies shaping and moulding the future into an image we would prefer which should not be limited by the prism of the present or by whatever may be in fashion at any moment. Next is the product space mapping to achieve the various alternatives and identification of the key bottlenecks that needs to be solved.
7.    The inauguration of the TWGs became imperative given the fact that the existing Plans are expected to lapse in December, 2020 and the 2021 Budget is to be guided by the plan. There is, therefore, limited time to deliver on the task at hand. The Ministry selected this team based on your wealth of experience, expertise and dedication to national assignment over the years to assist in putting together implementable successor Plans.

8.    The prevailing social distancing occasioned by Corona Virus [COVID-19] pandemic necessitated the virtual hosting of the inauguration of these TWGs. I therefore appreciate your patriotism in making yourselves available for this exercise despite the daunting and technical challenges associated with it.

9.    Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, in carrying out this assignment, the team is expected to among others:Review existing plans, policies, programmes and projects in your thematic area;Conduct SWOT Analysis of your thematic area/sectors;Review the assumptions, parameters and forecasts used in the previous sectorial plans and align with current realities;Consult relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies in your thematic area for the relevant data;Oversee public consultations where feasible and facilitate discussions to assess and review memoranda received from the public;Provide accurate, evidence-based information, programmatic implications and make recommendations on key areas;Review existing research reports and share findings/reports;Consider the advantages and disadvantages of the approaches for policy topics being explored;Address any other critical issue(s) to facilitate the delivery of the task; andProduce and submit final report of your thematic area for the first MTNDP 2021 – 2025 report to the Central Working Group, not later than September 31, 2020 and the second MTNDP 2026 – 2030 in February 2021; while your final report for the Nigeria Agenda 2050 should be in July 2021.

10.    Ladies and Gentlemen, as we address our minds to developing an inclusive and participatory national Plan, we should not lose sight of the important role Nigeria plays in the global economy. The plan must, as a matter of conscious effort, be comprehensive and have the capacity to accelerate the attainment of various regional and global Agendas, including the AU Agenda 2063, ECOWAS integration Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

11.     The coordinators and deputy coordinators for each thematic working groups are:SNTWGCoordinatorDeputy coordinatorANCHOR
1Education and Manpower Development Prof. Tunji Olaopa Imafidon EmmanuelA.B. Sa’adu/Dir(FME) 
2Health and Nutrition Prof. Akin Osibogun Aisha Y. Hamza Head, Nutrition/Dir(FMoH) 
3Population and Identity Management Mr.  Niyi Ajao Prof. Michael NyongDirector (NPoPC.) 
4Youth and Sport Development Mujahid Balarabe Kubau  Ms. Nkechi Obi Director (FMYouth & Sport) Mr. Kabiru Mohammed 
5Power and Alternative Energy Mr. Belije Madu Engr. James OkerekeDirector( Min of Power) 
6Oil and Gas Dr. Steve Okolo  Mr. david ogbeborDirector (MPR) Kpakol Cyprian 
7Solid Minerals, Mining and Steel Development Prof. Gbenga OkunlolaAmanda Lumun FesseDirector (Mines & Steel Devt.) 

12.    At this juncture, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, it is my singular honour and pleasure to formally inaugurate the various TWGs on the Development of Nigeria Agenda 2050 and Medium Term National Development Plan [MTNDP 2021 – 2025] & 2026 – 2030 respectively.
13.    While looking forward to receiving from you a robust and implementable plan, I wish you success in this very important national assignment.
14.    I thank you all for your kind attention


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