NDDF Uyo, Akwa Ibom State | November 14-15, 2017

In the past 10 years, Nigeria has witnessed numerous plans or programmes ranging from the 7-point agenda (2007) of Umar Musa Yar’Adua administration, through the Vision 20-20 (2010), the National Industrial Revolution Plan (2014) and the Nigeria Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (2014) of the Goodluck Jonathan administration, all the way to the Muhammadu Buhari government’s Strategic Implementation Plan for the Budget for Change (2016) and its 2017 – 2020 Economic Recovery and Growth Plan aimed at sustained inclusive growth. Whilst these initiatives have achieved varying degrees of success, implementation across board has always been challenging.

At the regional level, the Niger Delta Action Plan, commissioned by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs to address the challenges in the region, offered several components for significant interventions. However, this plan was not implemented due to a lack of political will.  Similarly, the Niger Delta Regional Development Master Plan championed by the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) was adopted in 2006 as a robust package of policies and strategies for the development of the region. Fifteen years after its launch, the NDDC continues to struggle to lead the implementation without much support from regional state governments who see the plan as being imposed on them, with this lack of ownership resulting in the plan being popularly referred to as the ‘NDDC Master Plan’ rather than a collectively-owned regional plan. Most recently, on the premise that plans derive from policies, the Niger Delta Way Forward initiative sought to contribute to shaping the future of the Niger Delta by influencing Federal Government’s policies towards the region under the five thematic areas of economy and markets, environment, governance and rule of law, security and stabilization and energy access.

The 2016 edition of the NDDF recognized that development is a complex and multi-disciplinary process, and as a critical step in articulating a way forward for the region, sought to create a re-imagined new Niger Delta with a changed narrative.  Three key recommendations from the NDDF 2016 argued the Niger Delta needs more of a bottom-up approach with strong linkages with community benefits system of governance that empowers them and assists them in evolving [to the changing times]. Such a model will depend on shared opportunities and inclusive growth that materially improves the livelihoods of the people and institutions [of the Niger Delta] while the role of regional intervention bodies should focus on how to consolidate the work of member states, instead of simply replicating them.

Participation in the Forum is by invitation-only.

Forum and Consultative Session Objectives

  1. Create awareness and shared understanding among stakeholders on the necessity and methodologies for long-term perspective planning and implementation for domestic resource mobilization, and inclusive and resilient regional growth.
  2. Showcase working models for development planning that can transform states and share  practical ways of achieving development planning
  3. Showcase and create awareness on available resources and actors that can support development planning, including development agencies and the private sector and share frameworks and tools that will inform decision making, guide policy actions and provide clear direction to support sustainable growth of the Niger Delta states’ unique resources and business environment
  4. Promote shared accountabilities and transparency among state governments and regional stakeholders for coordinating intra-state, inter-state and regional activities and providing regulatory stability to promote efficient and effective external stakeholders’ investment into the states

Format for NDDF 2017

The November event will act as a culminating event of a series of consultations, meetings, workshops and research studies, stakeholders from the public and private sectors.  This year’s NDDF is intended to align with the broader vision of the federal and regional strategic direction in the thematic areas of focus and operate based on the provision of relevant laws and regulations in the country. It will prioritize key turnaround interventions and enablers in order to generate more tangible impact.

The Forum will be hold over two days, starting with a key note address and presentations and followed by thematic/ working sessions on day one and day two, and ending with a closing plenary detailing framework/action items for stakeholders.