FG approves N348.7tn to fund 2021-2025 National Development Plan

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The Federal Government has on Wednesday approved the sum of N348.7tn to fund the 2021-2025 National Development Plan (NDP) to succeed the Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP) which expired in December 2020.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, to State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

She said the NDP was structured along with six clusters–economic growth and development, infrastructure, public administration, human capital development, social development, and regional development.

The minister said the plan had been designed to have an investment size of N348.7 trillion over the five-year period.

Ahmed said: “The Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning presented a memo requesting approval for the NDP for 2021 to 2025, which is a plan that is succeeding the ERGP which expired in December 2020.

This was disclosed by the Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, to State House correspondents at the end of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

She said the NDP was structured along with six clusters–economic growth and development, infrastructure, public administration, human capital development, social development, and regional development.

The minister said the plan had been designed to have an investment size of N348.7 trillion over the five-year period.

Ahmed said: “The Ministry of Finance, Budget, and National Planning presented a memo requesting approval for the NDP for 2021 to 2025, which is a plan that is succeeding the ERGP which expired in December 2020.

“This National Development Plan (NDP) is structured along with six clusters. The clusters include economic growth and development, infrastructure, public administration, human capital development, social development, and regional development.

“The plan is underpinned by a macro-economic framework, which projects an average real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of five percent per annum over the plan period.

“Also, the plan has been designed to have an investment size of N348.7 trillion over the five-year period.’’

She said the investment size would be contributed by the public and private sectors.

The public sector will contribute N49.7trillion or 14.3 percent of the investment size while N298.3 trillion or 85.7 percent will come from the private sector, she said.

Ahmed stressed that the public sector component will be contributed by both the Federal Government and the states.

The minister added: “The Federal Government expenditure component is N29.6trillion, representing 8.5 percent of the total expenditure size, while the sub-national government, states, will be contributing N20.1trillion, representing 5.8 percent.

“The funding strategies for the plan have also been identified and these include broadening the tax base, enhancing the capacity of the private sector through creating investment opportunities and deliberate policy engagements and incentives.

“There will also be exploring domestic and concessioning financing sources and setting up financial investment vehicles such as growth funds and public private partnership as well as the Nigerian Investment and Growth Fund.

“The implementation of the plan requires the establishment of a strong implementation mechanism and framework that promotes performance and accountability, which is necessary for the implementation of the plan.

“There will also be a Development Plan Implementation Unit that will report to the National Steering Committee, which will be headed by the Vice President with the Minister of Finance, Budget and National Planning as vice-chair.’’

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