The Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba has said that the just concluded training of ministerial aides will equip participants with the requisite skills to ensure good governance and drive peace and development in the country.
The Minister disclosed this on Wednesday at the Capacity Building Programme for Aides of Ministers in Nigeria held in Abuja.
He noted that the training covered a wide range of topics bordering on the new Medium Term National Development Plan, 2021 to 2025 as well as discussions on leadership and planning trends.
He said that the discussions also focused on the ideal and strategic political communication in our democracy in order to foster understanding between the local, sub-national and the federal levels of governments in Nigeria.
He added that this will promote interactions that foster overall sustainable national development.
“This training covered a wide range of topics from the critical features of the new National Development Plan 2021 – 2025, including the strategic framework for the plan, an overview of the sector strategy and policy thrust as well as the implementation framework.
“It showcased a wide range of lessons from previous National Development Plans underpinning His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari’s resolve to make the plan a truly national plan with the involvement of critical stakeholders in a rare adoption of a participatory planning model by a Nigerian leader.
“I am convinced that the training this time too provided you a platform to learn, update and further entrench requisite skills, knowledge and attitudes for improved performances which will translate into good governance, peace and development of our country.
“I am also assured that you utilized the opportunity created by the training to exchange information, ideas and experiences among yourselves as well as engaged in networking to build friendships that will be useful in many years to come,” the minister said.
Agba also appreciated Konrad Adenauer Stiftung for funding and co-organizing the training exercise as well as other stakeholders who made the programme a success.