Ministry of Economic Planning, Budget & Development Partners
01. Vision/Mission & Executive Mandate
Vision: To be an Apex planning ministry whose plans and budgets are effective and efficient, thereby facilitating the achievement of the socio-economic Goals/Objectives of the state enunciated in the strategic blueprint of the new administration under Chief Willie Obiano.
Mission: To prepare plans and budgets that take cognizance of the resource picture, informed by facts and figures, and in tandem with the socio-economic goals/objectives the state.
Executive mandate: The Ministry of Economic Planning and Budget is the apex planning agency in the State charged with the key responsibility of preparing State plans and budgets, and coordination of development partner activities in the State. The Ministry is particularly involved in the review of goals, policies and strategies that will better serve the interest of the State and contribute to the maximization of her socio-economic potentials. The Ministry is also involved in the coordination of reform programmes and activities especially with regard to Public Financial Management (PFM)
Within the first one year of the new administration the achievements of this Ministry can be presented briefly under the following headings.
a. Reforms In Public Financial Management-Budgeting/Planning
i) The Ministry spear-headed the preparation of the revised 2014 and 2015 Budgets which now comply with the International Public Sector Accounting Standard (IPSAS) and reflect the key focus of the present administration. Soft copies of the Budget have been made available to MDAs. IPSAS, as an accounting, budgeting and planning standard, makes for more transparency and accountability in the implementation of the budget. It also makes the budget of States in the country comparable. The budget is being implemented and monitored.
ii) Implementation of reform activities with DFID/SPARC assistance. The activities include preparation of Workplan for DFID!SPARC intervention in 2014 and the signing of the Agreed intervention Approach with His Excellency.
iii) A committee was set up to prepare the State Development Plan (SDP) in line with the Strategic blueprint of the new administration. The SDP has now been finalized and ready for dissemination.
- iv) IPSAS based templates have been developed and now in use for performance – reporting on Budget implementation on a regular basis.
- v) The Ministry has been restructured to create an Economic unit in the Budget Department to produce fiscal and economic updates regularly.
- Development of Partnership Coordination
- i) The Ministry in collaboration with UNICEF planned and pacakaged a Programme Implementation Agreement (PIA) (2014-2017) which His Excellency the Executive Governor has signed with UNICEF. It is worthy of note that Anambra State is the first to sign the agreement with UNICEF in 10 A Field Offices/Zones. The Agreement specified UNICEF’s area and scope of intervention in such sectors as Health, Education, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, Social Protection and Communication for Development. The State Government has as a follow-up to the PIA released her Counterpart Fund for specified activities in the total sum of N 120 million.
ii) The Ministry In collaboration with UN-agencies under the leadership of UNICEF organized a 2- day orientation and work-plan meeting based on the UN initiative to deliver its interventions as one in the relevant States of the Federation. The UN Programme cycle is for 2014-2017 in line with 2nd Implementation Plan for Nigeria’s Vision 20:2020.
iii) Counterpart fund for United Nation Development Programme (UNDP) interventions in the State was paid and activities carried out in the relevant programmes.
(i) The Participatory Budget Forum which has become an annual event was conducted in August 2014. All the major stakeholders including members of State Executive Council (EXCO), House of Assembly and Judiciary attended. Also in attendance, are Town Union Executives of 177 communities in the state, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Faith Based Organizations (FBO) and Non-Governmental Organization (NGOs)
(ii) The Ministry organized Training workshops for MDAs on mainstreaming the Government Blueprint into plans and Programmes. It was from these plans and programmes that 2014 Operational Plans and 2015 work plans were derived.
(iii) Quarterly Progress reports on Capital projects from MDAs were collected and analyzed by the ministry
(iv) The Ministry in collaboration with DFID/SPARC organized workshops on Work Force and Establishment planning which restructured the ministry into functional departments and units. The outcomes of the workshops are: creation of Development Partners Coordination Department and making the existing Departments more focused, efficient and effective.
(v) The Due Process Office of the Ministry has designed, established and finally built Anambra State Contract
d. The Ministry carried out studies/surveys on the following areas:
I) Survey on prevalence and causes of maternal and infant mortality
ii) Study on emergency preparedness and response for schools in Anambra State
iii) Study on the State poverty mapping
Partnership intervention in Anambra State under the leadership of Chief Willie Obiano has taken a new dimension with more than 20 partners working in the state in different capacities. Thus, within the year under review, the State has attracted over Nl8bn in terms of financial investments from donor partners.
03. UNDP VISION FOR ANAMBRA STATE.
By Angela Nwanodu
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has rolled out a new vision for the state.
The new vision which consists of a five year multi project document was presented by delegates from the mission during a meeting with the UNDP State team held at the ministry of Economic Planning, Budget and Development partners.
Speaking on the occasion the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry Barr. Emeka Ohuoha called for adequate training of the UNDP desk officers since according to him all of them are new on the job.
Mr Ohuoha stressed the importance of such training which he said would equip the desk officers properly to face the challenges of the new vision.
Earlier the UNDP team leader Mr. Muyiwa Odele had in an address said that the five years multi project document would replace the previous annual work plan approach adding that the proposed training of the desk officers would assist immensely in achieving the desired goals of the new vision.
He appealed to the Permanent Secretary to design a training package in line with the needs of the desk officers assuring him of the UNDP maximum support to ensure its success.
Mr Odele said that the new vision of a multi project document would enhance implementation and also provide the platform for proper monitoring and evaluation of the UNDP Projects.
Also speaking, the state UNDP programme manager and senior assistant to the Governor Mrs Nneka Onwudiwe commended the UNDP for participating with the State Government assuring that her team would do everything possible to ensure that the aims and objectives of the new vision would be achieved for the benefit of the people.
The team later visited some of the UNDP project sites in the state which included the Abattoir of Amansea, waste recycling plant ogbunike and the borehole project at Ifite Dunu .