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The Importance of Master Planning for Sustainable Development

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The Importance of Master Planning for Sustainable Development
Master planning is crucial for the sustainable development of any state or nation. This article explores the significance of master planning in the context of Kogi State, Nigeria, and highlights the efforts of Governor Yahaya Bello in implementing a long-term vision for the state. It emphasizes the importance of choosing the right successor to ensure the continuity of the master plan's implementation.

LOKOJA - It has become a revered cliche that if one fails to plan, he plans to fail. The axiom is applicable to all aspects of human endeavours. As it is with family and private lives, so it is with governance at all levels.

Planning, according to Max Weber a bureaucratic theorist, is crucial to human existence. It is most essential to the life of an administration if it must live above its peers and become a reference point.

Nations and states must have their visions and missions for short, Medium and long terms codified in a document for implementation. This document should be a beacon for the executioners to live within its ambit. It should be held tenaciously within its duration. It ought to encompass the soul and body of an administration throughout the duration. It directs the succession recruitment, and where the state should be within the time referenced.

Kogi State like any other state of the federation ought to have this spiritual book to exorcise ambiguity in the implementation of her programmes'. It is often being drafted by wise men who see into the future with the intent to catapult the state to Eldorado, for the benefit of today, and tomorrow.

Alas, Kogi State in her journey of 32 years in existence, successive administrations were oblivion of this economic masterplan. No wonder, Kogi state has consistently lagged behind its peers. Some states whose wisdom of the leadership, developed this all-important document, have ballooned into the modern world.

Worthy of mentioning are the present President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his vice, Kashim Shettima who prized the "Masterplan" when they held sway in their states at different times. President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the Governor of Lagos state between 1999-2007, took Lagos into the future with his blueprint, and in less than three decades, his mentee who adhered to his gospel, rose from one of the dirtiest states to one of the best economies in Africa.

In the same breath, his Deputy, Kashim Shettima, from a war-torn state, Borno, has remained a buoyant entity, owing to the right selection of his successor, Prof. Umara Babagana Zulum, a key player in the administration. No wonder, that the present administration under Yahaya Bello, followed suit and commenced making a 32-year vision for Kogi state.

He equally began coaching his lieutenants to peep into the future with the document. He believed with certainty that, from the pools of the tutored members of his cabinet and likely successor from the pool, the vision would transform the state.

However, Kogi State, although created in 1991, with high hopes of greatness, with all human and material resources, has remained a crawling giant due to errors in leadership recruitment. In 1992, at the shot of a hierarchical democracy, the late Prince Abubakar Audu, a Banker emerged as Governor. He had a foresight for the state.

The military interregnum of 1993 halted him. And when Democracy was restored in 1999, he emerged again as Governor. His attempt at winning back-to-back in 2003 was frustrated. Alhaji Ibrahim Idris known for the hospitality industry, but a novice in the state bureaucracy was elected. The state in his first tenure battled with learning the rope. He managed to belch the tide, but time was over in 2011.

Analysts thought that, having suffered the initial fate of learning on the job- he would have developed a pool of successors from within the administration, alas, that was not to be. He went for a man not conversant with the statecraft. Captain Idris Ichalla Wada, an aviator who unintended to lead a state, was hoisted in 2011.

Under him, Kogi became an experiment. No wonder, when divine mandate fell on the present youthful and accountant per excellence, Alhaji Yahata Adoza Bello in 2016, he began in earnest to correct the anomie in the leadership recruitment by his predecessors. Bello, armed with his experience in the Revenue Mobilisation and Fiscal Allocations Commission (RMFAC) set up a new direction mantra with Eight thematic areas: Education, Health, Youth and Women, Infrastructures, Security; Agriculture, Rural Development and development of masterplan.

The master plan which is receiving finishing touches, enunciated where the state will be in the developmental corridor in the next 32 years.

This document, conceived by a pool of experienced and knowledgeable members of his cabinet, needs one of the drafters to take the baton from Governor Yahata Bello. Governor Bello as a manager of men, knew the capability, competence, compassion, credibility and confidence-a yardstick of any great leader-in all the members of his cabinet.

Unknown to many citizens, when the time to make a choice for his successor came, Bello knew who is best in driving the master plan. He kept the choice to his chest, even though, not less than a dozen, mostly from the kitchen cabinet bought APC governorship forms.

Just like the then Governors of Lagos and Borno States, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Alhaji Kashim Shettima in the analogy went for the best against the popular expected successors, and threw his weight behind the former Auditor General for Local Government Councils, Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo.

Speaking recently, at an event to unveil Ododo, to the people of the state, Governor Bello, passionately appealed to the people to vote for the APC standard bearer to drive the master plan that will make Kogi a leading economy within the 32-year mark. He said without sentiments, but only for the best interest of the state, Ododo's winning the November 11 governorship election, would put paid to experimentation.

He said that with Ododo in the saddle, the sustainability of his landmark projects would be assured. However, now that the die is about to be cast, every Kogite, irrespective of ethnicity, religion and Political affiliation is expected- if the state must make a quantum leap into the future- to vote overwhelmingly for Alhaji Ahmed Usman Ododo.

Source of content: OOO News 2023-09-09 News

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