PIND & stakeholders
The Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta PIND has adjudged both Edo & Abia states as the Niger Delta States with the best long-term development plan strategy. In a pitching competition organized as part of events at the 7th Niger Delta Development Forum NDDF, the two states emerged tops defeating the other 7-Niger Delta states.
The programme was held simultaneously in two state capitals of Benin City, Edo and Port Harcourt, Rivers state and was hosted by PIND and supported by other development partners and stakeholders.
Edo state won the first stage of the competition held in Benin City whilst Abia state won the second and final stage held in Port Harcourt. The competition which is the maiden edition was organized to expose the Niger Delta states to the necessity and benefit of long-term development planning and strategy.
A PIND Training Programme
During the pitch competition, various states were encouraged to adopt long-term planning in fashioning out their development initiatives rather than short-term development which is the order of the day in all the states in Nigeria.
Commending, the winning states for their vision and purpose-driven plan for the people of their state. PIND, the organiser of the competition pledged to reward the winning states with technical assistance and capacity support towards ensuring their aspirations are brought to a reality.
The various states government representatives were given an opportunity to present their state economic roadmap and development strategies. They were also engaged in how such plans would be funded. They were quizzed and analysed by a panel of judges who provided feedback as well as scores for performance.
The determining parameters for judging and rating each state were based on the workability of their proposals, the likelihood of being able to resource plans, the capacity to deliver results, the existence of implementation plan, as well as the embracing nature of such plans to incorporated stakeholders.
One of the participating judges in the competition lauded the effort of the participating states while urging them to do more in terms of long-term planning and execution. The states were advised to prioritise their policies as well as getting the civil servants to equip for the policies implementation.