Participants at the 17th Joint Planning Board (JPB) and National Council on Development Planning (NCDP) meeting have been charged to note and apply all recommendations at the meeting, to accelerate the implementation of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP), as outlined by the Federal government.
Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Barr. Taiwo Adeoluwa, gave the charge while declaring open the JPB/NCDP meeting, with the theme, “Accelerating the Implementation of Economic Recovery and Growth Plan: The Role of Stakeholders”, at the June 12 Cultural Centre, Kuto, Abeokuta.
Adeoluwa, represented by the State Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Ms. Adenrele Adesina, noted that, recovering the economy and ensuring national growth, was a collective responsibility, which all States of the federation must key into.
The Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mr. Hassan Adekunle, while welcoming participants, said the forum would serve as an avenue to rub minds on important issues and challenges facing the economy, with a view to proffer required strategies for national development.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Budget and National Planning, Mr. Olajide Odewale, pointed out that the ERGP was not only developed to get the economy out of recession, but place it on the path of diversified, sustainable and all inclusive growth.
While appreciating the Ogun State Government for hosting the meeting, Odewale expressed optimism that the 3-day event would be tailored towards deepening the understanding and realisation of the objectives of ERGP.
In his goodwill message, the Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Mr. Laoye Jaiyeola, represented by Head, Public Policy Intelligence and Reform Management, Mrs. Seun Ojo, restated the group readiness to continuously engage and remain dedicated, to achieve sustainable economic development, in the national interest through responsible private sector initiatives.
He tasked the gathering to employ a collaborative system of engagement that would commit all stakeholders to contribute positively to revamping the nation’s economy.