By Juliana Taiwo-Obalonye, Abuja
President Muhammadu Buhari pledged that Nigeria will continue to support the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process in the country because of its benefits for good governance and democracy.
The president called the review âtimely and practical,â explaining that the current administration, with its mantra of change agenda, has overhauled, revitalized and institutionalized its mechanisms for the successful conduct of the country’s second peer review.
Buhari said this on Tuesday in Abuja during the launch of Nigeria’s second country self-assessment report and validation of the report in the six geopolitical zones of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to a statement by the President’s Special Advisor for Media and Publicity Femi Adesina, the President recalled that Nigeria was the first peer review in 2008 and has since achieved resounding success in the implementation. of the national action program as recommended.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to the implementation of the new National Action Program which will come after the review process.
âAgenda 2063 is a strategic framework for the socio-economic transformation of the African continent over the next 50 years with a strong mandate on NEPAD and the APRM.
âThis is an attempt to build on and seek to accelerate the implementation of past and present continental initiatives for the growth and sustainable development of the African continent.
âThis exercise will be a strong reference in the history of the nation, a source of courage and positive momentum for this initiative which aims to consolidate the progress of this current administration.
âIn addition, this administration has been very supportive and will continue to support the APRM process in Nigeria, knowing the importance of the process which improves transparency and good governance, strengthens our democracy, identifies and addresses critical challenges as well as promotes ‘inclusiveness,’ he said.
The president urged all stakeholders to come up with more vital strategies, mechanisms and measures that would enable the diligent implementation of the new national agenda for accelerated economic growth and sustainable development in Nigeria and Africa.
In her remarks, the National Coordinator / Executive Director of AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria, Hon. Gloria Akobundu thanked President Buhari for his transparency, courageous leadership and consent to conduct the second peer review of Nigeria and his consistency in achieving the desired goal.
âThe African Peer Review Mechanism is a mirror for member states to encourage each other and build resilience to challenges, foster solutions to underdevelopment and promote good governance on the continent. She said.
Akobdundu explained that after the validation of the country self-assessment report, there are other activities to be carried out effectively to ensure the effective completion of the second peer review process.
She listed them as follows: âThe Concept Paper, New National Agenda, Report Presentation and Peer Review of Nigeria to the APRM Forum of Heads of State and Government, Institutionalization of the Country Review Report (CRR), the launch of the Country Review Report (CRR) and continuous assessment of progress and submission of the progress report to AU-APRM. ‘
She promised that the agency would spare no effort to ensure a smooth process.
The event was followed by the Country Self-Assessment Mission led by Dr Abdoulie Janneh of The Gambia, former Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, the Director General of the AU Secretariat- MAEP, Professor Eddy Maloka, among others.