APRM seeks stakeholders’ cooperation for 2nd peer review process

African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Nigeria has called for adequate collaboration of stakeholders in its Second Peer Review Process of the country.

The National Coordinator, Princess Gloria Akobundu, said this is necessary so that the nation can derive its maximum benefits.

Akobundu who also doubles as Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD), made the call on Monday in Abuja as Nigeria prepares for review activities starting from February 26th-28th 2020 to be followed by exercise proper in March.

This was contained in a statement made available to press men by her spokesman Mr. Abolade Ogundimu.

She said from February 26th, stakeholders will be engaged in consultative meeting on Second Review Experience Sharing: Gender Opinion.

She said the climax will be a two-day Broad Sensitisation/Training session for major stakeholders in the second, Generation Review by experts from African Union (AU) member states, APRM continental and other relevant organisations within and outside the country on February 27-28 at the Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) Mambilla Barracks, Abuja.

The statement reads in parts: “President Muhammadu Buhari was admitted into APRM Committee of Heads of States and Government, the highest decision-making organ of APRM in the continent, in recognition of successes of the agency in its areas of mandate due to Federal Government’s supports, during the 2020 AU Summit in Addis Ababa.

“If the exercise is successful, its outcome will form an integral part of the National Programme of Action (NPoA) in four thematic areas. The exercise is a voluntary Self-Assessment programme adopted by 38 countries in Africa including Nigeria, in the areas of democracy, political, economic and corporate governance.

“If country’s second review exercise satisfies all laid down conditions, it will be used to solve related issues in APRM member nations and the continent at large.

I enjoin all stakeholders in the conduct of the exercise to put the nation first by considering it a cause for national peace and development, they should give valid information to field officers when consulted, while officers should give reports dispassionately.”

She added that resource persons from Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Mozambique and Chad, among others would share their experience at the session.

The two-day summit will be chaired by Senator Abba Ali, Chairman, National Governing Council, APRM Nigeria, while Ambassador Adeoye Bankole will be the Co-Chairman at the event, the statement said.

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