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5th Anniversary: Applause For PMB’s Commitment To Good Governance, National Development– Akobundu, AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Boss



Joel Ajayi

President Muhammadu Buhari-led Government has highly contributed to democratic, economic and infrastructural growth of the country in five years of stewardship, says Princess Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development. 

Akobundu said on the Celebration of fifth anniversary of Buhari- led Government on the platform of All Progresives Congress (APC) on May 29.

In a statement issued by the Media Assistant to NC/CEO, AUDA NEPAD/APRM  Nigeria Abolade Ogundimu on Friday in Abuja

According to the National Coordinator,  President Buhari deserves applause for his commitment to development in all sectors of the economy. 

“APC-led government came in with roadmap on development of every sector of the economy and deepening democracy, which have been vigorously pursued.

 “Nigeria,  a nation of over 200 million population is now self-sufficient in rice and other foods due to President Buhari’s policy backing the production of crops grown in the country and deliberate support to farmers and other allied workers.

“Similarly, infrastructural deficits are getting better attention through improved funding, for example, ongoing road constructions across the country, standard railway constructions and many more,” she said.

The CEO added that President Buhari had further proven his passion for good governance, in line with AU Agenda 2063.

“AUDA-NEPAD and APRM are AU vehicles of Continental development and promoting good governance and the present Federal  government has renewed Nigeria’s commitment to their mandates. 

“It is on record that President Buhari approved transformation of NEPAD to AUDA-NEPAD in Nigeria, overseeing its complete domestication process which will include enacting of enabling law for effective operation.

“He had also led other African leaders to AUDA-NEPAD/APRM and EFCC Nigeria’s Special side events at 73rd and 74th United Nations General Assembly in New York.

“Also, the country is in the process of conducting its Second Cycle Review because President Buhari gave the approval last year after 11 years of initial Review.

“He carefully  appointed members of National Governing Council of APRM which had been inaugurated as required for successful second Review by APRM Continental,” she said. 

She said the review exercise would be conducted at the grassroots to get their inputs in certain areas of governance and submitted to the Federal government for consideration as National Programme of Action. 

The CEO added that the Review exercise would be completed this year, despite the challenges being posed by COVID-19 pandemic, hoping to deploy technology in some aspects of the process.

Akobundu attributed successes of the Agency under her stewardship to President Buhari’s commitment to its mandates, urging Nigerians across ethnic, religious and political divide to give more supports to his government for further delivery of good governance to the nation.

APRM conducts voluntary Self-assessment of member states in the areas of Democracy and Political Governance,; Economic Governance and Management; Corporate Governance and; Socio- Economic Development. 

May 29,2020

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Alternative Medicine Can Bridge Unemployment, Naira/Dollar Gap – Professor Says



By David Maxwell

A university don who has taken a vibrant interest in phyto-medicine research, Professor Benjamin Amodu, says Nigeria can reduce unemployment as well as bridge the forex gap between the Naira and Dollar through Traditional, Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, TCAM.

He said this is very possible if both the government and the people join hands to project the vast potentials of the country to the foreign world.

Speaking to our reporter, he said: “My message. is that let us have a very huge hope in our herbs which God has endowed on us based on our location on the geography of the earth.
“This is a huge blessing God has given us and some of us have researched into them. It is just left for us to believe in them.

“So let us join hands with the government and move this country forward and get people all over the world to make Nigeria the destination for medical tourism as we reverse the incessant trips to India, China, Egypt and all the other destinations. “I can tell you categorically that TCAM is the best way to go. In fact’ if there is political will on the part of government, the Naira/dollar ratio will level up.

“The bulk of importation of drug products will fall and we will conserve our foreign exchange and channel it into other sectors.

“Government should even stand in the gap because there are a lot of things that can be done in this sector.

“Let us depend more on whatever we produce and forget about over-dependence on importation. When that happens, this huge youth unemployment ratio will be closed up as our subsistence farmers will go into extensive farming and production of the needed raw materials. And in so doing, you know they will employ many more hands to enable them to do this.

“You can imagine that the United States of America projected to make $30bn dollars in 2023 alone from alternative and complementary medicine,” Amodu said.

He then called on the Tinubu administration to build on what the previous administrator started and make Nigeria the hub for medical tourism.”

The huge government investment into this untapped multi-billion dollar industry however remains to be seen. Amodu is a 1980 graduate of Industrial Pharmacy from the Ahmadu Bello University, ABU, Zaria, and a professor of phytho-medicine from the Triune Biblical University, USA.

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