Kaduna Govt To Launch A 4-year Development Plan – El-Rufai
Gov. Nasiru El-Rufai of Kaduna State said on Tuesday that the state government would soon launch a Four-Year Development Plan (2016 to 2020), with inputs from the citizenry.
El-Rufai disclosed this at a dinner organised by the state’s Ministry of Budget and Planning for the Crowd-Sourcing Committee and top 15 of “My Great Kaduna Competition” with the state governor. He said it had become necessary to involve the people in the state development strategy, following current economic crises due to over-dependence on oil revenue.
The governor said that the state government, through the crowd-sourcing strategy, hoped to build a new economic strategy away from oil that would be powered by the intellectual, the enterprising and hard working citizenry.
“The efforts of the 15 people here show that it is possible for Nigeria to survive without oil by moving away from addiction to oil, rent seeking and the corruption associated with it.
“The circumstances in the oil market have forced us as a state to rethink our development strategy because to plan around oil prices is no longer tenable. We must learn to be innovative; to use our intellect; to use the entrepreneurial capacity of our people and our hard work to survive these difficult times,” he said.
El-Rufai noted that to get out of the current economic difficulty, there was a need to forget about oil and diversify; adding that the situation could get worse. “It is scary, but rather than succumb to panic paralysis, let us seize the opportunities before us and move away from the era of oil addiction to a new economy that is powered by the intellect, the enterprise and the hard work of all our citizens,” he said.
He added that the top 15 names would be inscribed and included as contributors to the forthcoming development plan to be launched soon.
El-Rufai charged them to maintain their commitment to the future growth and prosperity of the state. Earlier, the state’s Commissioner for Budget and Planning, Muhammad Abdullahi, explained that the essence of the Crowd-Sourcing was to get
the people to contribute and determine the direction they want government to follow.
Abdullahi said that the ministry had in August requested people of the state and beyond to submit a two-page document on any idea in any sector that would move the state forward. He said that 478 entries were received, out of which 15 were selected by a credible screening committee chaired by the Head of Kaduna
Business School, Dr Dahiru Sani.
The commissioner said that the entries covered all sectors of development – specifically agriculture, energy, urban development, education, tourism, and information technology, among others.
“The competition was for people within and outside the state and the country to contribute to what kind of Kaduna they want to see in the near future. The competition has democratised development by making it possible for the young and the old that have interest in the development of the state to contribute,” he said.
The commissioner said that the state would make budgetary allocation for the implementation of the top 15 ideas in 2017 budget.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Lwahas Adoniram, Tsura
Wya, Abdulkarim Mayere, Shekari Shekari, and Kalu Aja emerged the best five in the completion and received an ipad each. Their proposals were on converting waste to wealth, utilizing the untapped quarry potential, energy efficiency for cost saving, improvement of primary education and solar power generation, respectively.