President Muhammadu Buhari on Thursday expressed the willingness of the Federal Government to partner with relevant stakeholders towards achieving a transparent national second peer review process of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
Receiving a team from AU-APRM led by Senator Abba Ali, the Chairman, National Governing Council (NGC), APRM Nigeria, in Abuja, President Buhari pledged that Nigeria, through the APRM Nigeria Secretariat will organize a participatory and transparent national process for self- assessment and country review.
“The Federal Government will partner with states, local governments and the private sector in the process aimed at entrenching good governance, democracy and inclusive development among participating African countries.
”Nigeria will also provide all the necessary and required support to the Country Secretariat of the APRM in accordance with the recommendation of the Forum of Heads of State and Governments of the AU,” he said.
President Buhari welcomed the remarks of the leader of the delegation acknowledging Nigeria’s significant progress in the ideals and shared values of good governance and accountability which are at the heart of APRM.
”Since its inception, this government has further pursued with vigour programmes that promote democratic values, participatory governance and probity in public life.
”We introduced policies, programmes and projects that focus on creating an inclusive and diversified economy, eliminating corruption and restoring peace to conflict areas.
”Since our decision to establish the African Union Development Agency (AUDA) here in Nigeria, government has been implementing programmes and policies that focus on the domestication of the AUDA reforms.
”We constituted a Repositioning Committee on AUDA whose terms of reference are to restructure and reposition NEPAD, taking into account our local laws and regulations, to AUDA,” he said.