National Planning Commission of Nigeria

National Planning Commission of Nigeria
Dr Shamsuddeen Usman
Minister, Ministry of National Planning
Assumed office
December 2008
Preceded by Sanusi Daggash

The National Planning Commission of Nigeria (also known as the Ministry of National Planning), is an institution in the Nigerian Government with the core responsibility of formulation medium term and long term economic and development plans for the Nation.



The National Planning Commission is headed by the Minister of National Planning, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the National Planning Commission. The Chairman of the Commission is the Vice President (currently, Arch.Namadi Mohammed Sambo). The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of National Planning is Prof. Sylvester Monye.


The National Planning Commission was originally established by Decree No 12 of 1992 and later amended by Act 71 of 1993. The Commission has the mandate to determine and advise the Government of the Federation on matters relating to National Development and overall management of the national economy. The detailed objectives, functions, powers and structure of the Commission are outlined under sections 2, 3 and 5 of the Establishment Act.


  • To provide policy advice to the President in particular and Nigeria in general on all spheres of national life;
  • To set national priorities and goals and engender consensus among Government agencies, as may be contained in guidelines issued by the Commission from time to time;
  • To undertake periodic review and appraisal of the human and material resources capabilities of Nigeria with a view to advancing their development, efficiency and effective utilization;
  • To formulate and prepare long-term, medium-term and short-term national development plans and to co-ordinate such plans at the Federal, State and Local government levels;
  • To monitor projects and progress relating to plan implementation;
  • To advise on changes and adjustments in institutions and management techniques as well as attitudes necessary for the alignment of actions with plan targets and goals;
  • To conduct research into various aspects of national interest and public policy and ensure that the implications and results of the findings in such research are geared towards the enhancement of national, economic, social, technological defence and security capabilities and management;
  • To mobilize popular group and institutional consensus in support of Government policies and programmes;
  • To manage multilateral and bilateral economic co-operation, including development aid and technical assistance;
  • To deal with matters relating to regional economic co-operation, including the Economic community of West African States [ECOWAS] the African Common Market [ACM], the United Nations Economic commission for African and the South-south co-operation; and
  • To carry out such other duties as are necessary or expedient for the full discharge of all or any of the functions conferred on the Commission under the Act.


Nigeria Vision 2020

The Nigeria Vision 2020 is a perspective plan; an economic business plan intended to make Nigeria a fully developed economy by the year 2020.


NEEDS[1] is Nigeria’s home- grown poverty reduction strategy (PRSP). NEEDS builds on the earlier two-year effort to produce the interim PRSP (I-PRSP), and the wide consultative and participatory processes associated with it. NEEDS is not just a plan on paper, it is a plan on the ground and founded on a clear vision, sound values, and enduring principles. It is a medium term strategy (2003– 07) but which derives from the country’s long-term goals of poverty reduction, wealth creation, employment generation and value re-orientation.

NEEDS is a nationally coordinated framework of action in close collaboration with the State and Local governments (with their State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategy, SEEDS) and other stakeholders to consolidate on the achievements of the last four years (1999–2003) and build a solid foundation for the attainment of Nigeria’s long-term vision of becoming the largest and strongest African economy and a key player in the world economy.[2]


On the State level, State Economic Empowerment and Development Strategies (SEEDS) are being developed to compliment NEEDS. The donor community, made up of IBRD, DFID, EU and UNDP, is taking advantage of this change to align their local programs to improve the quality of assistance to the country.

Since states receive over 52% of federal resources, NPC – in collaboration with the donors-decided to develop a system whereby state performance can be monitored using SEEDS and to identify priority areas and states that demonstrate effective use of allocated resources.

The SEEDS process was launched in early 2004 and a SEEDS Manual designed by the National Planning Commission (NPC) setting out the required contents and process for an effective SEEDS was disseminated to all state via a national dissemination process involving representatives of government, civil society and the private sector at state level. Subsequently, technical assistance was offered to all state to support the development of their SEEDS by teams of consultants with relevant expertise.

Benefits to Selected States

  • The Federal Government, together with a number of donors are committed to provide project matching grants to those States that perform well in the exercise.
  • Possible debt relief is to be made available to states that perform well in the exercise.
  • Increase Donor presence is also one of the benefit for performing well in the exercise.
  • The Federal Government, together with donor partners are also committed to give capacity support to States that perform well in the exercise.


  • Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research
  • Centre for Management Development[3]

The Centre for Management Development (CMD) is a resource institution established by Decree 51 of 1976 as the operational arm of the Nigerian Council for Management Development.

The Federal Executive Council, in line with the Federal Government’s policy on rationalization of the Public Service, approved the merger of the Centre with the National Centre for Economic Management and Administration (NCEMA). Following this, NCEMA was shut down and all its activities transferred to CMD.

Specifically, the Centre pursues one of its roles of capacity building by:

Identifying the type and quantity of programmes required for the country’s managerial manpower; developing resources for management teaching, training and consultancy; building institutions to meet the need of national development; improving the quality and enhancing the use of management consulting, research and training; serving primarily as a training centre for economic planners, policy analysts, budget and project officers at the federal, state and local government levels; developing and strengthening specific skills that will enhance the quality of management of the national economy at the macro and sectoral levels; and being a policy laboratory for vigorous and sustained development and promotion of highly specialized skills required for enhancing efficient and effective planning and management of the Nigerian economy among others.

In addition to these mandates, the Centre undertakes the management development component of small-scale industries development through the design and provision of suitable training packages for small-scale industrialists and officials of federal/state agencies, which have responsibilities for developing small-scale industries in the economy.

Director-General Dr Kabir Kabo Usman Assumed office January 2010 – Present

Preceded by Dr Joseph Maiyaki

See also


  1. ^ NEEDS-- First Draft-b.doc. (PDF) . Retrieved on 2010-12-30.
  2. ^ Review of Planning Documents
  3. ^ Centre for Management Development, Nigeria. Retrieved on 2010-12-30.

External links

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

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