Abuja - In an effort aimed at enhancing service delivery, the European Union (EU) has organized a training workshop for staff of the National Planning Commission (NPC).
The workshop covers strategic planning, budgeting and medium term expenditure framework (MTEF) as well as research methodology and policy analysis.
Some selected Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) are poised to benefit from the project that aims to enhance the technical expertise of the civil servants.
The workshop is being organised as part of the 10th European Union Development Fund (EDF) support to Federal Governance Reform Programme (SUFEGOR).
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NPC Director of Administration, Chris Ezeilo, stated that the programme was aimed at strengthening the capacity of officers in the area of strategic Planning and Medium Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) with a view to ensuring that credible national, sub- national and sectoral strategic plans were developed with the associated financing framework.
“As you are aware, the rebirth of national development planning in Nigeria has placed strategic planning at the forefront of the nation’s economic, social and policy design, as well as monitoring and evaluation,” he said.
Ezeilo said this underscored the concerted efforts which have been made by successive governments to build the capacity of planners and policy makers in the areas of strategic planning and budgeting.
He said the role of strategic planning and budgeting is very critical towards the realization of the aspirations of any nation, particularly in developing countries like Nigeria, where economic development was much desired.
The EU SUFEGOR project provides technical assistance to the government agencies for the management and implementation of the project, including policy advisory services, transfer of knowledge and skills, building technical capacities of personnel in the beneficiary agencies through mentoring, coaching and training.
- CAJ News