Abuja - The Federal Government has blamed
the low level implementation of annual budgets and national development plans
in the public service on capacity gaps in the country.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Budget and
National Planning, Mrs Fatima Mede, said this in a statement on Monday after a
training for budget and planning officers of federal MDAs in Kano.
The training was organised and conducted by the Centre for
Management Development (CMD).
CMD was established by the Federal Government as the
operational arm of the Nigerian Council for Management Development (NCMD).
The Centre commenced operations in 1973, although it only
derived its legal backing by an Act of 1976.
It is also actively involved in the regulation of standards,
development of managerial manpower for the country and a broad range of skills
to enhance the quality of management and leadership for the attainment of
national economic goals.
Mede, who was represented by Mr Aminu Yargaya, also blamed
some government agencies for not being able to effectively formulate or
implement sector plans or annual budgets.
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She said that countries like China, Malaysia and Indonesia
were growing successfully and sustaining rapid developments because of their
consistent implementation of National Development Plans.
She said that in order to contend the gap, the ministry
embarked on a capacity training for budget and planning officers in Ministries,
Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
“The Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning is
conducting a rigorous capacity building programme on planning, plan formulation
and effective linkage to the budgeting process for Budget and Planning Officers
“This would be done for officers of Federal Ministries,
Departments and Agencies as part of the process in the preparation of the 2017
Budget as well as the 2017/19 Strategic Plan,’’Mede stated.
Mede said due to the present economic crises that was
resulting in negative consequences on revenues, there was the need for
effective planning and budget implementation to achieve value for money.
She explained that expenditures were now tied to the
country’s needs for maximum impact on the lives of the citizens.
“This is buttressed by the introduction of such economic and
fiscal policies as Zero-based-Budgeting (ZBB), Treasury Single Account (TSA),
Bank Verification Number (BVN) and the Restructuring of the Budget Framework.
“This is in favor of capital expenditure among other
policies,’’ she said.
She further said that the training was imperative as it
would enable government to derive ways of reducing economic wastes and
Dr Kabir Usman, Director-General, CMD, said the Federal
Government was working diligently to ensure a knowledge based society to create
opportunity in the culture of strategic planning and planning for
He said that when this was done, it would help ensure that
“we put every Kobo into a good use”.
“This requires directors of planning, research and statistics
across the Federal Ministries, Department and Agencies to have the rudimentary
skills to be able to craft the 2017 budget for the change agenda.
“It informed the decision of the Federal Government to
assign the CMD to add skills and create capacity of directors responsible for
preparation of budget and planning.
“Ours is to train the planners of the budget to enable
them to articulate the priority areas of the government for maximum economic
growth and development in the country,’’ he added.
Usman expressed optimism that the participants would utilise
the knowledge they acquired as well as extend same to their colleagues who had
no opportunity to attend the programme.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that no fewer than
250 Budget and Planning Officers from Federal the MDAs attended the Kano
The first batch of the training was held earlier in the
month in Lagos.