The National Economic Council (NEC) Implementation Monitoring Committee has begun visiting states as resolved by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and governors at a NEC retreat in March 2016.

The committee headed by Hajia Zainab Ahmad, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, visited Lagos State on Monday to inspect projects on agriculture and mining, among others.

According to our correspondent, The visit was the first made by the committee since its constitution.

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During a courtesy visit to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode at Alausa, Ikeja, Ahmad said that Lagos State had presented a good plan to the committee.

The minister commended the partnership between Lagos and Kebbi especially on rice production, saying that the partnership was an example of cooperation to expand growth.

Based on report, Ahmad said that there was the need for states to partner one another to maximise efficiency and boost resources.

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Ambode, advised that states should learn from each other and explore areas of strength and strategic partnership to engender economic development.

The governor thanked the committee for choosing Lagos as the first state to visit, saying that it was a confirmation of the success of the partnership between Lagos and Kebbi.

“I want to recommend to this committee that beyond visitation, let there be framework to work around peer-review mechanism among states for us to take advantage of what we are doing,’’ he said.

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He hailed Yemi Osinbajo, the NEC Chairman, for taking steps to actualise resolutions at NEC meetings for the benefit of the people.

Our correspondent, reports that the Implementation Monitoring Committee was charged with following up implementation of resolutions of the retreat and receiving steers from the NEC Retreat Steering Committee regarding follow up of the implementation.

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