The Special Duties Department in the Ministry of Budget and National Planning (MBNP), is one of the service wide Departments established on 12th August, 2014 by the Office of the Head of Civil Service of the Federation aimed at coordinating extra activities of the Ministry i.e. activities not in the line schedules of the Ministry as may be directed by the Hon. Minister and the Permanent Secretary.
2.0 RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SPECIAL DUTIES AS PECULIAR TO MINISTRY OF BUDGET AND NATIONAL PLANNING (MBNP):
- Secretariat to National Economic Council;
- Secretariat to Joint Planning Board/ National Council on Development Planning;
- Secretariat to National Social Investment Programme (NSIP) Steering Committee; and
- Any other General Duties as may be directed by the Hon. Minister(s) and Permanent Secretary etc.
2.1 National Economic Council Meetings/Retreat.
The National Economic Council (NEC) is one of the Federal Executive Bodies, established by Section 153, of the 1999 Constitution as amended 3rd Schedule, Part 1, item H.
The NEC shall comprise the following members:-
(a) the Vice-President who shall be the Chairman;
(b) the Governor of each State of the Federation; and
(c) the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria.
The co-opted members are:
- Minister of Budget & National Planning;
- Minister of State, Budget & National Planning;
- Minister of Finance;
- Minister of FCT;
- Minister of Agriculture; and
- Minister of State, Petroleum.
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Budget & National Planning doubles as Secretary to NEC.
NEC shall have power to advise the President on the economic affairs of the Federation, and in particular on measures necessary for the coordination of the economic planning efforts or economic programmes of the various Governments of the Federation.
2.1.1 NEC Retreat
At its 65th meeting held on 28th January, 2016, Council resolved that a retreat should be held, given the need to address key socio-economic issues and immediate feasible actions to improve revenue potential, job creation and economic growth at all tiers of government. At the NEC Retreat with the theme “Nigerian States; Multiple Centres for Prosperity” held from 21st to 22nd March, 2016 at the State House, Abuja, two Committees, viz: Implementation Steering Committees (ISC) and Implementation Monitoring Committees (IMC) were constituted to coordinate and monitor the seventy-two (72) NEC Retreat resolutions, reached at the Retreat. The two Committees are still in existence to ensure that the resolutions of the Retreat are complied with
2.1.2 NEC SECURITY SUMMIT
In line with the National Economic Council at its 76th meeting held on Thursday 20th April, 2017, a Special Summit to discuss National Security challenges where all issues affecting national security were discussed. The Summit which held on Thursday, 17th August, 2017 had in attendance Security Chiefs and other critical stakeholders. The Summit proffered practical solutions to the myriads of security challenges, some of which were already at an alarming proportion and had constituted clear and present danger to the attainment of Government’s developmental objectives and the survival of the Nation.
2.1.3 NEC AD-HOC COMMITTEES
Within the period under review, NEC set up two Committees namely:-
- National Committee on Export Promotion
The National Economic Council (NEC) at its 80th meeting held on 28th September, 2017 set-up the National Committee on Export Promotion (NCEP) following presentations made by the Honourable Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development (HMARD); Nigerian Export Promotion Council (NEPC), Nigerian Export Import (NEXIM) Bank and Nigerian Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA).
The mandate of the Committee was to accelerate the diversification of Nigeria’s revenue away from crude oil into other exportable products in agriculture, solid minerals and manufacturing. The Committee chaired by the Governor of Jigawa State had presented an Interim Report to Council and further work is on-going; and
- National Committee on Industrial Policy and Competitiveness
The National Economic Council (NEC) at its 81st meeting held on Thursday, 19th October, 2017 constituted a National Committee on Industrial Policy and Competitiveness to work with the Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council in order to advance the course of National Industrialization and Competitiveness. The Committee is chaired by the Governor of Kaduna State and further work is on-going.
3.0 Joint Planning Board/National Council on Development Planning Meetings
The meetings of the Joint Planning Board (JPB) and National Council on Development Planning (NCDP) are organized annually by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning in conjunction with the host State. The meetings serve as veritable platform for senior officials of the Federal and State Ministries, as well as Agencies responsible for Economic Planning matters; representative of Organized Private Sector and Development Partners to interact among themselves on socio-economic issues.
3.1 The JPB meeting precedes NCDP meeting. The JPB meeting is a consultative forum of the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Budget and National Planning and Permanent Secretaries of the States Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning, Special Advisers from Federal and States Ministries responsible for Economic Planning Matters, representatives of Organized Private Sectors (OPS) and Development Partners. The forum focuses on technical discussions on policy issues with a view to propose optimal approach for enhancing economic management process at National and Sub-National levels.
3.2 The NCDP meeting is a statutory body, chaired by the Honourable Minister, Budget and National Planning which has responsibility to advice on National Economic issues. The membership of the forum includes Honourable Commissioners from the States’ Ministries and Agencies responsible for Budget and Economic Planning matters, representatives of Organized Private Sectors (OPS) and Development Partners. The deliberations and conclusions of the JPB meeting are presented to the NCDP for consideration and approval. The Council also serves as an advisory body to the National Economic Council (NEC).
3.3 The 16th JPB/NCDP meetings was held from 28th to 30th November, 2017 at Hon. Idris Legbo Kutigi International Conference Center, Opposite Government House, Minna, Niger State. The theme of the event was “Economic Recovery & Growth Plan (ERGP): Roadmap to Inclusive Growth, Resilient and Competitive Economy”. It was attended by 966 participants drawn from 28 States of the Federation, including the Federal Capital Territory. The Ogun State Government has affirmed readiness to host the 17th Meeting of JPB/NCDP at a date to be agreed in the Second or Third Quarter of 2018 in Abeokuta, Ogun State.
4.0 National Social Investment Programme (NSIP)
NSIP is a programme of the Federal Government in its efforts to reduce unacceptable levels of poverty and socio economic vulnerability in the Country, with an appropriation of N500billion in 2016 to ensure smooth implementation of the Programme. The Vice President is the Chairman of the Programme Steering Committee, the Special Adviser to the President on SIP coordinates the programme, Ministry of Budget and National Planning is the Accounting Ministry, while the Permanent Secretary, Budget and National Planning is the Secretary of the Program Steering Committee.
4.1 THE FOUR (4) COMPONENTS OF THE SOCIAL INVESTMENT PROGRAMME.
The Social Investment Programme (SIP) is responsible for the management and delivery of four (4) social intervention programme, namely:
- The Conditional Cash Transfer Programme;
- National Home Grown School Feeding Programme;
- Job Creation Programme (N-power); and
- Government Enterprise and Empowerment Programme (GEEP).
5.0 KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DEPARTMENT:
- Provision of Secretariat to the National Economic Council (NEC) and its ad- hoc Committees;
- Provision of Secretariat to the Joint Planning Board (JPB) and National Council on Development Planning (NCDP) meetings;
- Tracking the implementation of resolutions reached at NEC, JPB and NCDP meetings;
- Provision of the Secretariat to the Steering Committee of NSIP;
- Dissemination of information on activities of NEC, JPB/NCDP to States and Federal Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and other institutions;
- Liaison with other Departments/Units in the Ministry for the purpose of promoting the formulation of plans, projects and programmes of the Government; and
- Perform any other function(s) as may from time to time be assigned to the Department by the Permanent Secretary.
6.0 CORE ACHIEVEMENTS
- The Department effectively produced minutes/Council Extract of NEC meetings held on Twenty-three (23) occasions during the period under review and forwarded same to the Mr. President through the Office of the Vice President;
- Coordinated a nation-wide monitoring of the Implementation of the 71 point NEC resolutions in March, 2017. The report of the exercise had been presented to Council in July, 2017;
- The Department facilitated a two (2) day capacity building Workshop for State Commissioners of Planning and other State officials towards the implementation of the 71 point NEC Retreat Resolutions in February, 2017;
- The Department provides Secretariat for the NEC Ad-hoc Committees;
- Facilitated the organization of the JPB/NCDP meetings with resourceful outcomes;
- Established Community of Practice (CoP) to coordinate, inter face and encourage networking among State Commissioners for effective economic planning;
- Effectively provided Secretariat to the Implementation Steering and Implementation Monitoring Committees;
- NSIP Steering Committee held eleven (11TH) Meetings since inception to assess the performance of the programme in line with its objective, which is in the efforts to reduce unacceptable levels of poverty and socio-economic vulnerability in the country with an appropriation of N500,000,000,000 in 2016 to ensure smooth implementation of the programme and with the release of the programme funds, remarkable achievement has been recorded in this direction.