By Temi Olowu
In a week filled with significant diplomatic and development engagements, the Minister of Budget and National Planning, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, has continued to drive positive change and foster collaboration in Nigeria.
From September 18th to 22nd, the Minister welcomed esteemed guests and partners, discussing vital initiatives that aim to stabilize regions affected by Boko Haram, enhance nutrition leadership, and promote economic growth and prosperity.
A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Director, Mohamed Yahya, paid a courtesy visit to the Minister during this eventful week. Their discussions centered on initiatives to stabilize areas affected by the Boko Haram insurgency and secure financing for sustainable development goals.
The Minister reaffirmed his unwavering commitment to this partnership, underscoring the Ministry’s pivotal role in shaping a brighter future and delivering a lasting impact for Nigerian citizens.
Addressing the Nutrition Society of Nigeria, Bagudu emphasized the urgent need to strengthen nutrition leadership and workforce capacity. With a staggering 30 percent of infants facing malnutrition, he stressed the significance of collaboration and strategic efforts to reduce poverty and ensure ample food and nutrition for all.
In another notable development, the Minister welcomed Ambassador Juan Ignacio Sell from Spain, marking the commencement of fruitful dialogue and collaboration between the two nations.
This visit not only solidifies Nigeria’s bond with Spain but also enhances the country’s engagement with the broader European Union, paving the way for shared prosperity and growth.
Furthermore, the Commandant of the National Defense College, OM Olotu, a Rear Admiral, was hosted by Bagudu to foster collaboration in economic planning and development.
Recognizing the importance of both long-term and short-term economic plans, they discussed Nigeria’s aspirations outlined in Agenda 2050, a comprehensive document for sustainable economic growth and prosperity.
Additionally, the President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN), Innocent Okwuosa, engaged in a productive discussion on fiscal matters with the Minister.
ICAN proposed a pro-bono Memorandum of Understanding to enhance budgeting processes and introduced the ICAN Accountability Index (ICAN-AI) to promote transparency and accountability.
The Minister was also invited to the Annual Accountant Conference, showcasing a commitment to collaborative efforts for Nigeria’s economic well-being.
Furthermore, Nigeria urges global recognition and support for women’s empowerment through initiatives like “Nigeria for Women” and “Agile Adolescent Girls in Learning.” Together, these initiatives aim to accelerate progress towards gender equality and ensure every woman has equal opportunities.
Lastly, a courtesy visit between Abubakar Atiku Bagudu and Nasir Isa Kwarra of the National Population Commission highlighted the critical topic of the population census.
With Nigeria projected to reach a population of 400 million by 2050, this gathering aimed to foster consensus and shared purpose, emphasizing the need for accurate data and a united vision for the nation’s future.
Bagudu’s journey in public service reflects his dedication and expertise. With a background in economics and extensive experience in banking and finance, he has played pivotal roles in institutions such as the Central Bank of Nigeria, CitiBank (formerly Nigeria International Bank), and FSB International Bank Limited.
His tenure as a World Bank Scholar and Special Assistant to the Minister of Finance further enhanced his understanding of economic policy management.
As Nigeria looks to the future, Minister Bagudu’s proactive approach and commitment to collaboration are poised to drive transformative change and prosperity for the nation.
(Edited by Oludare Mayowa; email@example.com; Newsroom: +234 8033 964 138)