Eid el-Kabir: Faith in govt reforms’ll berth our dreamland— AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Boss
Princess Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator, Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) Nigeria, has called on Nigerians to rekindle their faith in the reform programmes of the Federal Government.
This is contained in a statement signed on Saturday in Abuja by Abolade Ogundimu,Media Assistant to National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer,
Akobundu, whose office also oversees African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in the country, made the call on in her greetings to Muslims in Nigeria and the world ahead of Eid el-Kabir Celebration, coming up August 11.
According to the AUDA-NEPAD/APRM Boss, let us use the period of Eid el-Kabir Celebration to keep faith in government activities especially , in the areas of reforms and innovations so that we can have Nigeria of our patriotic dream.
“As a people, we need to keep faith in government by embracing and supporting noble ideas of the present administration so that we can further harness our huge human and natural resources to rank among world developed nations.
“The Federal Government, led by President Muhammadu Buhari has been coming up with various programmes and reforms to make this a reality for the present and unborn generations of Nigerians.
“It can be seen in many reforms and programmes, targeted at deepening democratic governance and socio-economic development of Nigeria, but the aims may be defeated if the people don’t have faith and key into the programmes.
“Among various deliberate efforts of the present government to further develop the country is the approval for transformation of NEPAD to AUDA-NEPAD, for better delivery on its mandates.
“Similarly, President Buhari recently approved Second Peer Review of the nation after the first Review was carried out in 2008, so that the report can be used to assess level of progress and hindrances in specific areas.
“The report is a voluntary self assessment instrument that will focus on Democracy and Political Governance; Socio-Economic Development; Economic Governance and Management and ; Corporate Governance.
“The assessment will be carried out by AUDA-NEPAD/APRM at grassroots level to know how the nation has faired in those areas,the report will submitted to APRM Continental Secretariat for validation and recommendations,” she said.
The National Coordinator commended Federal Government for putting measures in place for the success of the assessment.
“To achieve that goal, the President appointed reputable men and women from various sectors of the economy into the 15-man National Governing Council (NGC) of AUDA-NEPADA/APRM and the board has been inaugurated.
“The NGC chairman and other members have hit the ground running right from the day of their appointment which makes it clearer that success of the process is assured,” she said.
She also commended Nigeria’s Focal Point, Mr. Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Federal Government (S.G.F) whose office supervises AUDA-NEPAD/APRM in the country, for his great supports to the agency.
It will be recalled that the agency’s mandates include: to coordinate and execute priority regional and continental projects in Nigeria; Promote regional integration towards the accelerated realisation of Agenda 2063.
AUDA-NEPAD/APRM also serves as the continent’s technical interface with all Africa’s development stakeholders and development partners (Public –Private partnership).
As AUDA-NEPAD/APRM scheduled its the launching of its reform for September, Akobundu urged relevant stakeholders and the general public to give maximum support to the agency.
Akobundu rejoiced with Muslim faithfuls in the country and the world especially, as they celebrate this year’s Eid el-Kabir, urging them to pray for the nation and maintain peace that would enhance greater development.