UNDP reaffirms commitment to supporting Nigeria in delivering development results

Jan 19, 2016

UNDP Res. Rep. Opia Kumah (4th from right) with Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma (to his right), Deupty Country Director Mandisa Mashologu, and Country Director Pa Lamin Beyai (on his left). Economic Advisor Ojijo Odhiambo (1st from left). Perm. Secretary, Nana Fatima Mede (2nd from left) and Dir. Int'l Cooperation S.P Eloho (1st from right) Photo: UNDP Nigeria/Lucky Musonda

Opia Mensah Kumah, interim UNDP Resident Representative, today paid a courtesy call on the Minister for Budget and National Planning. Leading the delegation from the Country Office, Opia used the opprtunity to reaffirm UNDP's continuing commitment and support towards government's efforts aimed at uplifting the living standards of Nigerians.

In highlighting the critical challenges that lie ahead following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Paris Climate Agreement, Opia pointed out the need to align national plans and budgets to these very ambitious but achievable international development agreements.    

The ministry, a key institution responsible for formulating and coordinating the country's short to long-term development plans had its mandate expanded recently to ensure that national planning and budgeting processes are undertaken within the same institution. Previously, it was called the National Planning Commission (NPC).  

Minister for National Planning and Budgetting Sen. Udoma Udo Udoma highlighted the government's priorities and his ministry's critical role to ensure effective delivery of development results to Africa's largest economy and most populas nation. Government's priorities include addresing corruption, unemployment and ehancing security for its people. Sen. Udoma pointed out the need for adequate capacity and resources at all levels of government to ensure development results are achieved.  

Senator Udoma Udo Udoma acknowledged with appreciation UNDP's continued support to the Government of Nigeria through the years and in most recent times, in helping Nigeria effectively participate and provide the leadership during the climate change negotiations that culminated in the  21 Conference of Parties in Paris at which a new climate agreement was signed.

Both Opia and Sen. Udoma agreed on the need for concerted efforts aimed at diversifying the country's economy, away from its dependency on oil. Dwindling global oil prices have potential to slow down growth and meet national development targets. Although Nigeria has enjoyed steady growth in the recent past, more efforts are needed to ensure this growth is inclusive and sustainable.

Senator Udoma Udo Udoma was appointed Minister for Budget and National Planning late 2015.

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