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FCDA partners UN agencies on joint development

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Representatives of the United Nations Agencies, development partners, Directors and Heads of Departments, and Agencies, and other key stakeholders from the Federal Capital Territory Administration, (FCTA) converged recently on Top Rank Hotel, Jabi District, Abuja, to brainstorm and develop the Administration’s 2022 Strategic Action Plan (SAP).

The joint venture development template tagged, ‘UNSDPF 2022’ when completed, is expected to provide a comprehensive blueprint for the design and implementation of a two-year Masterplan for repositioning the FCTA towards optimum service delivery to FCT residents through accelerated and sustainable development and strategic partnership model.

The Mandate Secretary, Economic Planning, Revenue Generation & Public-Private Partnership Secretariat, Hon. Lukman Dabiri, who was represented by the Deputy Director, International Co-operation, Mrs. Celina Oluwafemi, said the key objective of the two-day workshop was “to reposition the FCT Administration towards effective and efficient service delivery to FCT residents, and sustainable development of the FCT in line with the UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF).”

In tune with this innovative plan of action, a Medium-Term Co-operation Framework (MCF) as well as the 2022 Annual Work Plan (AWP) was jointly agreed upon with a strong commitment from the UN System in Nigeria to “harness its strengths and potentials in policy and technical advice, capacity development and intermediation between partners, to remedy compelling socio-economic and political challenges facing the FCT administration.  

A statement by Dr. Nnachi Okafor, Head, Information & Communication, Economic Planning, Revenue Generation & Public-Private Partnership Secretariat, explained that the forum brought together representatives of UN agencies in the FCT, including the UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNHCR, UNAIDS, FAO, WHO, and UN Population Fund) to discuss the relevant Secretariats, Departments and Agencies (SDAs) under the FCT Administration, carried out painstaking reviews of the 2021 UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF) (2018-2022), with a view to developing an implementable UNSDPF Work Plan and Budget for the relevant sectors in the FCT for the year 2022.

The UN Sustainable Development Partnership Framework (UNSDPF) (2018-2022), is a five-year master plan outlining a strategic direction and results expected from the existing cooperation and understanding between the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the UN System in Nigeria. In pursuance of this strategic partnership goal, the FCT Administration is committed to contributing its counterpart funds and assistance towards actualizing the outputs set out in the MCF and the 2022 AWP.

The gathering also marks the climax of a series of annual brainstorming sessions involving the FCT Administration and the UN Systems and other strategic stakeholders, in charting the course for sustainable transformation of the FCT into a smart-city status comparable to the best in the world. In line with the modalities of the programme, each of the 36 states of the Federation and the FCT, are expected to organize review meetings to assess the progress made in the previous year(s), evaluate the results achieved, identify challenges and proffer possible solutions from the lessons learnt in order to develop the 2022 Annual Work Plan (AWP) for the FCT Administration.

Pursuant to the overall goal of overcoming the challenges of building an ideal, smart and sustainable Federal Capital City (FCC) in line with fast-changing global standards, the participants at the forum initiated technical and methodological group discussions and presentations towards developing a comprehensive template for activity-focused Strategic Work Plan for the FCTA. To underscore this goal, stakeholders from the EPRG&PPP Secretariat also made a presentation on the UNSDPF Process.

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