Osun State government is embarking on a 10-year development growth plan to accelerate sustainable growth and help to bring about a roadmap to development and growth spans 2018 to 2028.
The plan was unveiled by the State Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget Development, Dr Olalekan Yinusa, at a one-day validation meeting for the Development Plan and 2019 Budget Consultation in Iwo town on Wednesday.
The Commissioner urged all stakeholders to be focused in the collective effort to create a future for a brighter and sustainable future for the state.
“Achieving a sustainable growth is a collective responsibility. Hence, there is a need to jointly share the content of a well thought out documented with a view to achieving its targets.
“The scheme will eventually lead to the reformation of the public financing management and facilitates citizens’ engagement towards wealth creation, human capital development and infrastructural growth”, he said.
Speaking at the validating meeting, the Managing Director, BDO Management Consulting Limited, Mr Joshua Olagbaju said the Development Plan was a product of an all-inclusive participation where critical stakeholders made invaluable inputs.
Olagbaju remarked that the sustainable development plan serves as a catalyst for growth and development that will make Osun state a cynosure of all eyes.
“The BDO Management Limited is proud to be associated with this landmark achievement.
We, therefore, appreciate the state for the opportunity to appropriately utilize our consulting experience to facilitate the achievement of the desired results.
“This Development Plan will show where the state will be in the next 10 years and help to determine the direction it ought to follow for rapid development.”
Olagbaju noted that the plan would not have been easy without the enabling environment and pragmatic support provided by the Commissioner and other key members of the ministry.
Need for transparent and inclusive governance
In a presentation, a Director in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget Development, Mrs Yetunde Esan called for promotion of sustainable development through pragmatic, transparent, accountable and inclusive governance.
Esan sought for the mobilisation of both human and material resources towards making the state a socio-economic and cultural hub.
She stressed the need to diversify and enhance revenue base through the provision of enabling the business environment to attract and retain investors and expand existing businesses.
The workshop was attended by relevant stakeholders that included senior civil servants, technocrats from the private sectors, Civil Society Organisations, politicians, religious leaders and media practitioners amidst others.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo