The priority projects were contained in a document presented by the Ministry of Budget and National Planning to the FEC chaired by Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
Briefing State House correspondents at the end of the meeting, the Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, also disclosed that the government was expecting a final copy of the 2016 budget from the National Assembly for the President’s assent.
She was accompanied by 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.
According to her, the 34 priority projects were evolved with clear deliverable targets and are grouped into four broad objectives including security/policy governance, diversification of economy, succour for vulnerable Nigerians and relating the economy through investments.
She said: “We discussed the strategic implementation plan for the 2016 budget. Our ministry’s presentation was introducing to council for discussion priority economic activities that we need to undertake 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 realised.
“We presented 34 strategic priority programmes that need to be realised within 2016. Each ofprojects have very clear deliverables and targets and indicators which will be measured to ensure that the respective Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) deliver on what we committed to implement.
“These 34 specific areas are grouped into four major objectives. The first is policy, governance and security, second diversification of the economy, the third is creating support for the poor and the vulnerable and the forth is reflecting our economy through investment.”