FG Commends APRM Team On Successful CSAR Process In Nigeria

FG Commends APRM Team On Successful CSAR Process In Nigeria
  • … Review will strengthen sustainable economic development- Princess Akobundu

Joel Ajayi 

The Federal Government have commended the entire Africa Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) team for the diligent and excellent work that led to the successful completion of Country Self Assessment Report (CSAR) process in Nigeria.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, gave this commendation on Thursday, in Abuja, during the FCT town hall meeting and final validation of the Country Self-Assessment Report of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, he acknowledged the APRM team for the good job, that will help Nigeria. 

SGF Boss, who was represented by Director, International Organisation, Political and Economic Affairs, office of the SGF, Mrs Victoria Agbor, said validation with relevant stakeholders in Abuja, being the seat of government is very key in the CSAR process.

According to him, the town hall meeting is geared towards  interacting with relevant stakeholders at all echelon grassroots, with the view to gather inputs for a credible and error- free Country self Assessment Report. 

“I want to use this occasion to commend the entire team for their selfless service on the reviews. 

“APRM, being the brain child of AUDA-NEPAD, has the mandate to promote, monitor and assess the implementation of developmental programmes and policies for the enthronement of good governance. Mustapha said.”

In her opening address, the National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency (AUDA)-a new partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) in Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu, said that the data generated in all the consultations, including this town hall meeting, during the APRM review process, will strengthen the new National Programme of Action (NPoA) for sustainable economic growth and development.

She revealed that Country Self-Assessment Report is based on facts and statistics in line with the guideline of the Country Review Process.

Princess Akobundu commended President Muhammadu Buhari and other relevant stakeholders for their courageous and exemplary leadership as well as support and approval for the conduct of the second Peer Review Process of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“The primary objective of the APRM is to foster the adoption of policies, standards and practices that lead to political stability, high economic growth, sustainable development and accelerated regional and continental economic integration.

“This could be achieved through experience sharing, reinforcement of successful best practices, including identifying deficiencies and assessment of requirements for capacity building. It also has obligation to track, monitor, assess and report on the impact of the implementation of AU Agenda 2063, SDGs and UN Agenda 2030 on Socio-Economic Development for quality leadership.

“The journey of the Second Review of Nigeria commenced on the 8th of March, 2019 at the instance of Mr President’s kind approval.

“As you are aware, the APRM was established in 2003 by Heads of State and Government of African Union as a unique accountability method for African countries to review each other’s governance and hold the Member States accountable. The mechanism is an innovative and bold attempt by Africa to improve the governance and the well-being of all citizens.

“The Country Self-Assessment Report (CSAR) is a justification of the data collected through administration of Review Questionnaire by the National Governing Council (NGC) to the public and private sectors including the critical sectors both virtually and physically, which is among the requirements for effective country self-assessment.

“The AU-APRM Review Process is carried out based on a Country’s performance in four thematic areas; Democracy and Political Governance (DPG), Economic Management and Governance (EMG), Corporate Governance (CG) and Socio-Economic Development (SED)”

She added that Mr President and the Federal Executive Council approved the Country Self–Assessment Report for Validation by Country Review Mission on the 23rd of June 2021, in line with the guidelines of the AU-APRM review process and road map.

“The validation exercise is all-inclusive at different levels and sectors, and today marks the completion of the validation exercise of our dear Country Self-Assessment Report. 

On his own address, the National Governing Council (NGC) Chairman, Senator Abba Ali, said Country Self-Assessment Report is based on facts and statistics in line with the guideline of the Country Review Process.

“The APRM Review Process is based on a country’s performance. The overall process seeks to entrench good governance practices in participating states by deepening the principles of democracy, transparency, accountability, integrity, respect for human rights, and promotion of rule of law, in order to create an enabling environment for sustainable development.

“It is of reality that the process has been transparent and credible in line with the Review guideline and policy. Your inputs will strengthen the formulation of the new National Programme of Action (NPoA) which will be implemented at all levels.”  

He urged stakeholders to lend their voice in the final face to enable undiluted process and errors free Country Self-Assessment Report for Nigeria.

Meanwhile every nooks and crannies of the country was touched, as FCT Abuja climaxed the review.

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