…recommends minimum standard for Policy, Planning, and Budgeting in Southwest Nigeria
At a recently held meeting of Southwest Commissioners for Economic Planning and Budget, a quarterly Community of Practice (CoP) meeting of Commissioners for Economic Planning and Budget from the six States in Southwest Nigeria organised by DAWN Commission with the support DFID's Partnership to Engage, Reform and Learn (PERL), the Commissioners reviewed and agreed to a minimum regional benchmark for coordinating policy, planning and budgeting framework across States in the Region. The minimum benchmark was arrived at, following a rapid scan exercise on the policy, planning and budgeting architecture in the six States facilitated by DAWN Commission through the support of DFID-PERL in November/December 2018.
The first meeting of the Commissioners in 2019 held on Thursday, February 7, 2019 and was hosted by Ondo State Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget (MEPB). In attendance were senior Officials from Ondo, Osun, Oyo, Ekiti and Lagos States’ MEPB, DAWN Commission and DFID-PERL. The quarterly meeting is aimed at sustaining Regional cooperation and integration of the development policies and plans in Southwest Nigeria and to sharing experience and learn from selected good practices around planning reforms across the States in the Region.
The Commissioners at the February 7 meeting also commended the mandate of the Western Nigeria Governors’ Forum on the development of a 25-year Integrated Development Master Plan for the Region. While appraising DAWN Commission’s effort in conceptualising the Development Masterplan, the Commissioners discussed modalities for developing and resourcing the plan.
In his opening remark, the host Commissioner, Pst. Emmanuel Igbasan remarked on the importance of the meeting as a platform to sustain the integration aspiration of the Governments in the Region, and to enable the creation ofbenchmarks towards the actualization of its developmental goals. The Director-General, DAWN Commission, Mr. Seye Oyeleye, while appreciating DFID-PERL for their support in the Region also stressed the importance of the meeting and solicited for a collective approach in development.
At the end of the meeting, the States resolved to continue to share notes and learn from one another to further the Regional Integration agenda. The next CoP meeting will be hosted by the State of Osun in May 2019.