Nigeria to execute 34 strategic human development programmes

Timothy Choji, Abuja

Ministers at the FEC meeting on Wednesday.

Nigeria is to execute thirty four priority programmes as part of its strategic implementation plan for the 2016 budget.

Minister of state for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, disclosed his while briefing newsmen at the end of the Federal Executive Council on Wednesday.

Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting of the federal cabinet, Mrs Zaibab Ahmed said the thirty four programmes packaged by the ministry and approved by the Executive Council would help government to realize the objectives of the 2016 budget, which seeks to improve the lives of Nigerians.

“We presented 34 priority programmes and projects that need to be realized within 2016. Each of these has very clear deliverables and target as well as indicators, which will be measured to ensure that the respective Ministries and  Departments deliver on what we intend to implement,” she stated.

She said that as a measure of ensuring ample implementation of the programmes, the Ministry for Budget would present quarterly reports to the Federal Executive Council on the implementation of the programmes.

“These 34 strategic programmes are grouped under four major objectives. They include policy governance and security, diversification of the economy, creating support for the poor and vulnerable and inflating our economy through investments. The Ministry of Budget and National Planning has been given the responsibility to track and report on a quarterly basis, to the Federal Executive Council on the performance of these key priority areas,” Mrs Ahmed explained.

She announced that government also plans to refurbish five thousand Primary Health Care clinics across the country, to promote the healthcare delivery system of the country.

Mrs Ahmed further said the Executive arm of government would collaborate with the legislature, to reintroduction and passage of the Petroleum Industry Bill, in order to attain self sufficiency in petroleum products as well as make Nigeria a net exporter of such products.

Collective Effort

Also speaking the Minister of State Foreign Affairs, Mrs Khadijat Bukar Abba highlighted the importance of the recent trip of President Muhammadu Buhari to Washington DC, where he attended the 4th World Nuclear and Security Summit.

She also said in his presentation at the summit, President Buhari emphasized the need to join hands in fighting terrorism.

“Our President, Muhammadu Buhari presented a paper emphasizing the importance of terrorism being a global phenomenon that needs all hands on deck to be fought, in order to establish a more peaceful world to live in,” the Minister said.

The Federal Executive Council meeting was presidde by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, in place of President Buhari, who was attending to President Paul Biya of Cameroon, as he rounded up his two-day working visit to Nigeria.