As President Buhari launches Nigeria’s Country Self-assessment Report ( CSAR) and flag-off of the Country Review Mission’s Natiionwide Validation of the Report today in Abuja, Nigeria set to become the first West African and fourth African State to undergo Second Self-assessment Process of African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
This was made known by Princess Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development/APRM Nigeria, the Coordinating Agency for APRM Programmes and activities in the Country.
Following the arrival of the AU Country Review Mission (CRM) led by Dr. Abdoulie Janneh (Lead Panel Member) and his Team since 1st July, it has been carrying out Sectoral Consultations with various stakeholders to validate data contained in the CSAR.
The CRM Team will be meeting with State and non-State actors from across the Country in Abuja on 12th July while it will embark on Zonal Validation Exercise across the six Geo-political Zones from 14th – 16th July.According to Akobundu, the epoch making events buttress President Buhari’s commitment to ensure the Country remains a role Model in adherence to good Governance in the region and across the globe.“President Buhari approved Nigeria’s conduct of Second Peer Review and inaugurated National Governing Council (NGC) of APRM Nigeria in 2019, after First Peer Review of the Country in 2008.“This is in consonance with his commitment to deepen development and good Governance in the Country and ensure Nigeria retain its pride of place in the Continent and beyond.“Following the approval in 2019, the Federal Government has vigorously supported the Review Process and AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Nigeria has been pursuing the Process in a strategic and inclusive manner.
“The Review Process is being led by 15-Member NGC from the Six- geo-political zones under the Chairmanship of Senator Abba Ali and Akobundu as Secretary, APRM Nigeria Coordinates the programmes and activities of the Process.“ The Agency has since been engaging with stakeholders across sectors and Socio-Economic boundaries and the result is the rich and detailed CSAR for the Country’s Second Peer Review,” she said.Akobundu lauded Mr. President and the entire National Review Team for their dogedness in producing a thorough report by collating data from Townhall meetings, virtual meetings, administration of questionnaires, among others, despite the global impact of COVID-19 pandemic.
The National Team, with supports from APRM Continental Secretariat includes: NGC Members, AUDA-NEPAD/APRM National Secretariat, Technical Research Institutes, Focal Persons Ministries, Departments and Agencies at National and Sub-national levels.The CSAR covers the four thematic areas of APRM and other germane issues including: Socio-Economic Development; Economic Governance and Management; Democracy and Political Governance; Corporate Governance; Cost-cutting Issues; and Emerging Issues.The Report also contains public opinions, facts and figures on how the Nation has fared in various spheres of national life, things the Nation is doing well, things to improve upon in order to achieve AU- Agenda 2063 ‘Africa We Want’.
APRM encourages implementation of National Programme of Action (NPoA) and the Federal Government has been showing commitment to the implementation through policy formulation and passage of laws. AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Nigeria, led by Akobundu is the National Secretariat of APRM, under the Supervision of Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation,OSGF headed by Mr. Boss Mustapha, SGF and Focal Point for APRM in Nigeria.