HISTORY

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Prior to the 90’s the Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning as it is now called existed as Departments of Budget, Central Planning and Statistics in the Ministry of Finance. In the early 90s, the aforementioned departments were reconstituted, named Directorate of Budget, Central Planning and Statistics’ and domiciled in the office of the Secretary to the State Government during the military era. In 1997, the Directorate was scrapped while Budget and Statistics departments were returned to the ministry of Finance and Economic Development. This same year the State Planning Commission was established by the then Military Administrator – Group Captain Adamu Iyam through an executive fiat. On the 23rd of January 2009, the ‘Ministry of Budget, Planning and Economic Development’ was created from the defunct Edo State Planning Commission by the Adams Oshiomhole’s led Administration as part of his vision at redefining strategic planning tools for effective and sustainable development of the State. This initiative again brought Central Planning department, and the departments of Budget and Statistics that were hitherto in the Ministry of Finance together under a new Ministry. Still in 2009, the State Government in its wisdom created the Donor Agencies & External intervention Unit in the Central Planning Department of the Ministry to coordinate activities of all Donor Agencies operating in the state for effective management of Donor funded programmes. This Unit eventually metamorphosed to a full-fledged department in 2014. In 2016, His Excellency – Mr. Godwin Obaseki renamed the Ministry: ‘Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning’ in tandem with the six thematic pillars of his administration designed to foster economic growth and revolutionary approach to change in the art of governance.
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