President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday highlighted the benefits of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) process for good governance and democracy in the country, pledging that Nigeria will continue to support it.
The President gave the assurance during the launch of the Second Country Self-Assessment Report of Nigeria and the validation of the report in the six geopolitical zones of the country, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
A statement issued by Femi Adesina, special adviser to the president (media and publicity) said while describing the review as “timely and practical”, President Buhari explained that the current administration with its mantra of change agenda has reshuffled , revitalized and institutionalized its mechanisms for the smooth running of the second peer review of the country.
The President recalled that Nigeria was the first to be peer reviewed in 2008 and has since achieved tremendous success in implementing the National Program of Action as recommended.
He reiterated his administration’s commitment to the implementation of the new National Action Program which will come after the review process.
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The statement quoted him as saying: “Agenda 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.
“This 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.
“This 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.
“In 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 and promotes inclusiveness. “
The President therefore urged all stakeholders to come up with more vital strategies, mechanisms and measures that would enable the diligent implementation of the new National Program of Action for Accelerated Economic Growth and Sustainable Development in Nigeria and Africa.
In his remarks, the National Coordinator / Director General of AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria, Hon. Gloria Akobundu thanked President Buhari for his transparency, courageous leadership and willingness to conduct the second peer review of Nigeria and his consistency in achieving the desired goal.
“The 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 to include: “The Concept Paper, the New National Agenda for Action, Nigeria’s Report Presentation and Peer Review at the APRM Forum of Heads of State and Government, Institutionalization Country Review Report (CRR), launch of Country Review Report (CRR) and continuous assessment of progress and submission of progress report to AU-APRM.
She promised that the agency will spare no effort to ensure that a smooth process is achieved.
The event was followed by the Country Self-Assessment Mission led by Dr Abdoulie Janneh of 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.