Nigeria ready for implementation of 2nd APRM report, says AUDA

By Fred Ezeh Abuja

The African Union Development Agency/New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) has finalized work on the document that will provide guidance for implementing the outcomes of the Second African Peer Review Mechanism Peer Review (APRM) of Nigeria.

The National Action Program (NAP) on the report was produced by delegates from all African countries, relevant private and public organizations at the end of a five-day capacity building workshop on harmonization and finalization, the monitoring and evaluation framework for the implementation of the second Program of Action (NPoA) in Abuja

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AUDA-NEPAD Chief Executive, Princess Gloria Akobundu, in her remarks at the end of the workshop in Abuja, said she was impressed with the contribution of the delegates, as well as their determination to produce a document who will propose solutions to the problems. bad governance in Nigeria.

She said: “During one of the breakout sessions, I saw and felt the level of engagement of the delegates and was impressed. I could see them critiquing different lines of the proposal with different suggestions. It was the spirit of patriotism and determination.

She confirmed that after Sallah’s break, two days will be reserved for the final harmonization of some areas of the document. “We will ‘dazzle our eyes and cross our teeth’. Few people from Nigeria will physically attend the meeting, while others, especially from outside Nigeria, would join through the zoom platform.

Princess Akobundu said the main objective of the NPoA is to guide and mobilize the efforts of the country in implementing the changes needed to improve its state of governance and accelerate its economic development.

“After successfully conducting the Country Self-Assessment which produced the Country Self-Assessment Report and the Country Review Report (CRR) prior to the successful Validation by the Country Review Mission (CRM ) led by the APRM Eminent Persons Panel and the Continental Secretariat, Nigeria drafted its NAP, taking into account all the recommendations of the APRM Eminent Persons Panel as well as all overriding issues.”

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She appreciated the support of the President, Muhammadu Buhari, and other stakeholders, especially the National Institute for Security Studies (NISS) which led to the success of the project.

An official from the Continental APRM Office appreciated the AUDA-NEPAD Patron for her commitment to the cause of producing a reliable and reliable Country Self-Assessment Report and Country Review Report (CRR). reassured her of the support of the continental office of the APRM to the cause of the NPoA production.

He said that Africa is proud of the progress made in the APRM as a self-monitoring tool to address the governance deficit in Africa and Nigeria in line with shared values ​​in the areas of democracy and political, corporate economic and socio-economic governance. economic development.

The Chairman of the APRM Governing Board, Senator Abba Ali, who spoke earlier at the opening ceremony of the workshop, hailed Princess Akobundu’s commitment to the cause of the process of peer review in the general interest of Nigeria.

Meanwhile, Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Clem Agba, represented by Adeosun Peter, said Nigeria is on track to implement the outcome of the peer review, at know the national action program.

He explained that the peer review mechanism was set up to achieve the pan-African vision of a prosperous and integrated peaceful Africa that seeks to count itself in global politics, and it has recorded great milestones in providing a platform for AU member states that have joined the protocol to share information, knowledge and experience as they review each other’s performance within the framework established by the institution.

He said, “As a self-monitoring mechanism in all aspects of governance, the initiative puts people at the center of the development discourse for the benefit of Africans on the continent, which is in line with the AU Agenda 2063.

“The APRM promotes best practices that will lead to sustainable economic growth, infrastructure development, political stability as well as accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration of the continent.

Similarly, the representative of the Minister of Special and Intergovernmental Affairs, Babatunde Bernad, in his address, said that the government was fully committed to promoting good governance practices enshrined in the ideals and vision of NEPAD which gave birth to the APRM. .

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