NISER Blames Govt’s Failure On Lack Of Political Will, Inconsistency
NISER Blames Govt’s Failure On Lack Of Political Will, Inconsistency – Failure of successive governments in Nigeria has been attributed to lack of political will and inconsistency in the formulation and implementation of programmes and policies.
This was part of findings of a research by the Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) released in Ibadan, Oyo State yesterday.
It noted that lack of appropriate framework for coordination, monitoring, implementation and evaluation, coupled with lack of stakeholders’ buy-in and ownership, also contributed immensely to governments’ failure.
A Senior Research Fellow at the institute, Dr. Andrew Onwuemele, who disclosed this while presenting the institute’s seminar report titled: Socio-economic Impacts of Development Blueprints in Nigeria (1999-2015), cautioned that change of development blueprints by every administration should be curbed.
While lamenting that the country had in the last 16 years experimented with four different development blueprints geared towards its socio-economic transformation, “the country has continued to experience a plethora of challenges that hinder effective implementation of such development blueprints.”
In seeking the design and formulation of development framework based on empirical evidences from scientific analysis, the NISER report enjoined governments to embrace long-term planning supported by medium-term plans and annual budgets, which contribute to the overall long-term vision.
“It is important for government to establish a Development Planning Committee (DPC) to be coordinated by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning, which will incorporate all the relevant stakeholders at all levels of government and the private sector to promote ownership of development plans and effective projects implementation.
“It is important that the ministry ensures that development blueprints identify clear policy targets and indicators to measure performance. It should ensure stakeholders’ buy-in and ownership of development blueprints,” the report stated.
It added that the ministry should also ensure that development blueprints have approximate framework for coordination, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, such that they do not continue to flounder.