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FG to Complete 34 Priority Projects This Year – Zainab Ahmed


The Federal Government yesterday unveiled 34 priority projects to be accomplished this year.

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) met to approve the document presented by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning. Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo chaired the meeting.

Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning Zainab Ahmed, said the Executive was expecting the final copy of the 2016 budget from the National Assembly for the President’s assent “today or tomorrow”.

She was accompanied by Minister of Information Lai Mohammed; Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment Aisha Abubakar; and Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), Khadija Bukar Abba.

She said: “We presented 34 strategic priority programmes that need to be realised within 2016. Each of these projects has very clear deliverables and targets and indicators which will be measured to ensure that the respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) deliver on what we are committed to implement.

“These 34 specific areas are grouped into four major objectives. The first is policy, governance and security; second is diversification of the economy; the thirdý is creating support for the poor and the vulnerable and the forth is reflating our economy through investment.”

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According to her, the 34 priority projects were approvedý for implementation by FEC.

The Ministry of Budget and National Planning will track and report to the Council on the performance of the key prority areas quarterly.

She added: “The 34 priority areas that we need to implement in 2016ý are categorized into six thematic areas.

She said: “On the 2016 budget, I must say the executive and legislature have worked very hard putting things together, reviewing the details of the budget and it is at its final stage.

“So maybe between today and tomorrow, the National Assembly will start the process of transmitting the details to the President.”

The Minister of State (Foreign Affairs), Mrs Ahmed said, presented the notes of the President’s visit to Washington DC for the Nuclear Summit to FEC.


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