The Department for International Development (DFID) has lauded the giant strides and determination of Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola in generating a robust development plan for the state.
Also, the Commissioner for Economic Planning, Budget and Development Dr Olalekan Yinusa said the workshops for Sector Plan Development teams, approved by the state government, were yielding good results.
He said the state was putting in place a robust development plan for the state in all sectors.
The DFID, through its Southwest Reform Facilitator, Miss Rachel Illah, made the commendation at a three-day Envisioning/Capacity Building workshop for Sector Plan Development teams on Medium Term Sector Strategy (2019-2021) organised by the Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development.
It noted that Osun State was on the right path to development.
Miss Illah said the governor’s passion, coupled with the machinery his administration set in motion for development, was encouraging and in line with the guidelines and regulations of the DFID.
The DFID facilitator said the desire for growth and development by the state government, was worthy of emulation by other states in Nigeria.
She noted that the most important ingredient of growth is the desire the state government had demonstrated.
Miss Illah said the capacity building workshop was the right way to craft a development plan for any state, adding that no meaningful development can take place without a visible blueprint.
She added: “I am amazed and impressed at what is going on in Osun. It is only very few states that do what Osun is doing. This is the best way to go, if you want to achieve a real and meaningful development plan or blueprint.”
“This capacity-building workshop for sector plan development teams is a pointer to the fact that the state really knows what it wants to achieve in terms of growth and development.
“I can see and feel the desire for growth and development by the people and government of this state. I can see through this workshop that the governor has been able to carry all stakeholders along.
“I am happy to know that everyone is on the same page in Osun. This is what my organisation clamours for: that everyone, including the government, shares the same passion for development.”
“This shows something significant. It shows the government in this state knows that it is not all about politicians. I am aware that this workshop is all-encompassing. I can see public servants, civil society organizations (CSOs), non-governmental organizations (NGOs), market women.
“I have also seen members of political parties different from the ruling party in the state. It shows that government knows that the particular needs of the people should be the priority and not what government wants.
“A budget for development should be directed at the particular needs of the masses for it to be meaningful.
“The happiness of the people should be paramount to the government in planning for development and the Osun State government has taken this as a priority, or else this workshop will not be happening in the first place.”
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