Some stakeholders have lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for accepting the second review of the performance of government at all levels and feedback from the public on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
The stakeholders gave the commendation yesterday in Lafia, Nasarawa State at the North-Central town hall meeting for the validation exercise of the country’s self-assessment report of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Speaking at the town hall meeting, Chief of Staff and Coordinator for the Nigeria Second Review of APRM, Mr Ferdinand Atendeko, commended the president for granting approval for the exercise to be carried out in the six geopolitical zones of the country.
According to him, APRM was established in 2003 by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), Heads of State and Government Implementation Committee (HSGIC) as an instrument for AU member states to voluntarily self-monitor their governance performance.
“APRM is a voluntary arrangement amongst African states to systematically assess and review governance at head of state peer level in order to promote political stability, accelerated sub-regional and continental economic integration, economic growth and sustainable development.
“By acceding to the APRM, member states agree to independently review their compliance with African and international governance commitments.
“Performance and progress are measured in four thematic areas which include, democracy and political governance, economic governance and management, corporate governance and socio-economic development,” he said.
He said that Nigeria is the fourth country in African that began the second review and the first in West Africa.
He therefore lauded the composition of the participants from the six states of the North-Central and urged them to freely express their feelings about governance in the state and the country with a view of the taking necessary steps to improve the system.
On her part, the coordinator /chief executive of the country review mission team, Princess Gloria Akobundu, expressed gratitude to all those who made the second review possible, especially the president.
Akobundu, who was represented by Mr Adefikin Ademola, a director, said the exercise aimed at fostering adoption of policies, standards and practice to ensure political stability, high economic growth, regional and continental integration among others.
She therefore said that APRM had led to innumerable achievements in Nigeria since it was acceded to in 2003, adding that the country would benefit from the second review.
Nasarawa State governor, Abdullahi Sule who wasvrepresented by his deputy, Dr Emmanuel Akabe, lauded the president for the political will to allow the performance of the government to be evaluated in line with global best practices.
The governor also commended the CEO of AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria, for the tremendous effort she had put into the process by putting up structures from the national, state and at the local government levels.
He said that the structures would ensure that the process was reflective of the views of the Nigerian populace.
Sule said the exercise was aimed at entrenching good governance, transparency, accountability, integrity, respect for human-rights and the promotion of the rule-of-law.
“This voluntary but unique process will foster peace, regional and continental integration as it is developed and conducted by African countries, thus allowing participating countries to share best practices that will lead to better policies and overall growth and development of the continent,” he said.
He therefore pledged the total support of his administration to ensure that the exercise succeeded in the overall development of the country.
Nigeria’s first peer review was conducted in 2008 and the town hall meeting had in attendance representatives from Nasarawa, Plateau, Niger, Benue, Kwara, Kogi States and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja.