2016 Budget: These 34 Project Highlights Are FG’s Priority


After the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday, the Federal Government has revealed 34 project highlights which are it’s strategic priority for this year.

Though government is still awaiting a final copy of the 2016 budget from the National Assembly for the President’s assent, the priority projects are contained in a document presented by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to the FEC chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.

Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, while briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, disclosed that the 34 priority projects were evolved with clear deliverable targets.

The 34 projects are grouped into four broad objectives which includes security/policy governance, diversification of economy, succour for vulnerable‎ Nigerians and reflecting the economy through investments.

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These strategic priority programmes which need to be realized within 2016 each have very clear deliverables, targets and indicators which will be measured to ensure that the respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) deliver on what is committed for implementation.

At the meeting, the strategic implementation plan for the 2016 budget‎ was discussed, and the ministry presented for discussion priority economic activities that needs to be undertaken to ensure that the purpose for which the 2016 budget was made which is to stimulate the economy, to create jobs for our teeming youths and to extend support to the poor and very vulnerable‎ is realized.

The minister stated that the paper was well received by council and that the 34 priority projects were approved for implementation.

Zainab Ahmed said the Ministry of Budget and National Planning has been given responsibility to track and report the performance of these key priority areas to the council on quarterly basis.

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Also at the meeting were other ministers like the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Aisha Abubakar, and Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Khadija Bukar Abba.