National Planning Commission, NPC, on Tuesday said the policy thrust and identified priority programmes for the 2016-2020 Medium Term Successor Strategic Plan would focus on six pillars.
Secretary to the commission, Mr. Bassey Akpanyung said this at the Validation Session on the Identified Priority Programmes Aligned to the policy thrust of the plan in Abuja.
Akpanyung, who was represented by Mr. Tunde Lawal, the Director, Macroeconomic Analysis in the commission, said that the plan was aimed at achieving inclusive growth and sustainable development.
He listed the six pillars as economic, social development, infrastructure, governance and environment as well as state and regional development.
“Under each pillar, broad policy objectives have been identified along with the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), targets and the programmes.
“Your task is to review the matrix of policy objectives, KPIS, baseline data, targets and programmes.
“This is consistent with the zero-based budgeting system to be adopted by government with effect from 2016,’’ the commission secretary said.
Akpanyung, however, said that the Ministries, Departments and Parastatal Agencies (MDAs) were expected to provide well costed programmes and projects for enhanced delivery of the plan.
He said that there was also a need to justify the programmes and projects and the associated cost based on the KPIs.
The official told the stakeholders that comprehensive project selection criteria would be adopted for admitting projects into the plan.
“The principles that would guide project selection include impact on employment and welfare, inter-linkages with other sectors and projects.
“The representatives of MDAs are, therefore, urged to be guided by these principles in identifying their projects and programmes.
“The envelope system will no longer be used in the annual budgeting process of the country,’’ Akpanyung said.
According to him, the project selection for plan and budget implementation will no longer be business as usual, especially given the dwindling nature of oil revenues.
He said that the budgets for 2016 and beyond would now be programmed and result-based.
NAN reported that the workshop was aimed at agreeing on the policy thrusts, objective, KPIs and targets for the 2016-2020 plan.
It will also serve as critical input into the 2016 budget and beyond.

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