The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha has called on the 774 local governments in the country to develop strategy for an inclusive development for them to achieve inclusive growth.
Such strategies, he said, should encompass appropriate structural transformation in the context of which intra-and inter sectorial resource flows are driven by productivity.
Represented by a permanent secretary, Office of Political and Economic Affairs in the Office of the SGF, Mr. Gabriel Aduda, Mustapha said such transformation will in turn further enhance economic growth and job creation at the grass root
He said this while addressing participants at the Nigerian Local Government Summit organised by Segnip Promotion Limited in Abuja on Wednesday.
Themed “Evolving an Inclusive Growth Model for Sustainable Grassroots Development in Nigeria’’, Mustapha said the summit is timely and urged the participant to come up with decisive action plans.
The consultant and managing director, Segnip Promotion, Engr. Kayode Adebayo, said the firm visited the six geo-political zones over the past nine months and observed the wide developmental gaps at the grassroots and which was compounded by an un-inclusive development strategy of the local government areas.
Adebayo noted that it “is imperative for government to focus attention on delivering inclusive growth.’’
He stressed the need for an employment-intensive growth process for effective participation of people both in terms of generating growth and benefits from the process.
He, however, called on all participant of summit to ‘’effectively participate and contribute to the discussion at the summit as critical and concerned stakeholders in order to achieve good deliverables and provide implementable suggestions for the overall development at the grassroots where majority of Nigerian citizens reside.’’
Adebayo said the “two days summit, shall present a unique platform for addressing the various developmental challenges facing the third tier level of government in Nigeria.’’