Nigeria takes steps to ensure full implementation of action plan on APRM
APA - Lagos (Nigeria) The Secretary to the Government of Nigeria, Alhaji Yayale Ahmed, says the government was taking steps to ensure full implementation of the National Programme of Action (NPoA) on the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in 2010.
Speaking at the inauguration of APRM's National Council on Thursday in Abuja, Ahmed said that all federal ministries, departments and agencies had been designated as lead implementing agencies in the NPoA.
The NPoA is a major deliverable of Nigeria’s Country Review Process,
which began in 2005.
“They (government agencies) are being directed to pay special attention to the implementation of the NPoA under their purview.
“Giving the foregoing, I believe the inauguration of the National Council
should serve as a call to action,'' he said.
Ahmed said the states and local governments would be involved in the plan and had been asked to establish the equivalent of the National Council and similar implementation structures.
He said the structures would oversee the domestication of the APRM at sub-national levels, and thus contribute to the nation-wide implementation.
Ahmed said Nigeria was under obligation to render bi-annual reports to the Continental Secretariat of the APRM on the progress of its implementation.
In his comments, the Senior Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on NEPAD, Dr Tunji Olagunju, said the council would be encouraged to monitor the implementation process.
“What is important is that this inauguration is part of the national planning process of our country; from now they will be asking the National Planning Commission what is happening and also in the budget how much amount of money that is approved for governance," he said.
In his address of welcome, the Director of APRM, Professor Philip Ahire, said Nigeria was taking another “quantum'' leap by formally inaugurating the National Council.
Ahire said the APRM had added value to governance in Africa through
insistence on accountability and transparency.