Overview of National Development Planning in Nigeria: 1946-2015
This study is an overview of development planning in Nigeria since the introduction of the first plan in 1946. The
main objective of this paper is to assess the usefulness and relevance of development plans implemented so far in Nigeria.
The study adopted historical and content analyses in utilising secondary data gathered for this research. Nigeria has
implemented various types of National development plans, ranging from fixed, medium term plans, to perspective and
rolling plans. Development planning has not achieved much success in Nigeria due to many problems notably paucity of
data, political regime changes, plan indiscipline and corruption. The study recommends improvement in data collection,
adoption of multi-sector approach to planning, harmonisation of development programmes and involvement of the private
sector in planning activities.
Keywords - Development Planning, Content Analysis, Classical, Keynesian, Nigeria.