The National Co-ordinator/Chief Executive Officer [NC/CEO] African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) Nigeria, Princess Gloria Akobundu, says that the agency will partner with the military and other security organisations in order to ensure violence- free elections in the country.
This was contained in a statement signed on Friday by Abolade Ogundimu, Media Assistant to the NC/C.E.O, AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria.
Akobundu reiterated the commitment in a meeting with the leadership of Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), in her office.
According to the AUDA-NEPAD boss, the Collaboration is part of efforts to bring critical stakeholders in electoral process together at a summit and come up with National Action Plan (N.A.P) for adoption as a nation.
“AUDA/NEPAD being the agency overseeing African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) amomg other objectives also focuses on promoting political stability and this can be better achieved through the Summit.
AUDA-NEPAD/APRM went round to sensitise people across the country ahead of the 2019 general elections, monitored elections and recommendations were made to appropriate authorities.
“It is in furtherance to such efforts that we are proposing a summit for critical stakeholders to brainstorm on how the nation can become more peaceful especially before, during and after elections.
“We are mindful of the great roles of critical stakeholders in the election process especially the Nigerian, sister Services, security agencies at large ” she said.
Similarly, the Director, APRM Department, AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria, Mrs Juweratu Olomoko added that the agency was working towards achieving the nation’s commitment to African Union’s (AU) Agenda 2020 which aims at `silencing the gun’ in the continent by the year 2020.
The date and venue of the summit will later be announced to the public after conclusion by the agency.
Major- General Garba Wahab (retired), Director- General, Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC), Abuja, in his response commended AUDA-NEPAD for its efforts to ensure that election across the country became violence- free exercise.
According to Wahab, if we can have peace and security in the system, development will be easier to achieve in the country, I commend AUDA-NEPAD for the wonderful idea.
While promising that the Centre would give adequate support to the agency on the summit and other activities, the D-G also urged AUDA-NEPAD to ensure that critical stakeholders sit together at the summit in order to come up with enduring recommendations for adoption.
Wahab, a former Chief of Army Administration led Brigadier-General E.A. Attu, Deputy Director,NARC Consult; Brigadier-General U.U. Bassey,Director, Human Resources Department,; and Brigadier-General M.A Ameh, Director, Quality Assurance, Collaboration and Linkages all from the Centre.
AUDA-NEPAD staff at the meeting include: Alhaji A.A. Ibrahim, Director- Project Research and Statistics; Mr. E.E. Abang, Director, Programme Development and Implementation among others.
AUDA-NEPAD (Nigeria) wants to use the summit to identify how the nation can achieve more synergy among the security agencies and better collaboration with civil populace not only during elections but at all times.
The agency hopes such synergy will further help Nigeria to attain her pride of place in the subregion and the world as a leading Democratic state.