As a demonstration of Nigeria’s conviction in the African Peer Review Mechanism as a self-assessing tool for good governance, the Nigerian government has re-affirmed its commitment to a second Peer Review exercise.
This was disclosed by President Muhammadu Buhari who pointedly remarked during the virtual support mission that “Nigeria is keen to join the league of African Union Member States which will undergo the second peer review exercise. This is a firm demonstration of our belief in the dividends of democracy through this unique peer review system.”
Speaking further, the President lauded the progress made so far, while reiterating his administration’s commitment to promoting good governance through the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
“Our administration has continued to vigorously pursue Security, Economic Diversification and Anti-Corruption as the main thrust of national change agenda”, he stated.
The event which saw the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding on the 2nd Peer Review process, between Nigeria and the Committee of Heads of State and Government participating in the APRM, had in attendance, the Vice-President, Prof.YemiOsinbajo; Chief of Staff to the President, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; Mr. Boss Mustapha; Sen. Ahmad Lawan; Gov. Hope Uzodinma; Chairperson of the APRM National Governing Council, Sen. Abba Ali; and CEO, APRM National Secretariat, Princess Gloria Akobundu.
The peer review mechanism works as a self-monitoring tool of AU Member States for sharing experiences, reinforcing best practices, identifying deficiencies, and assessing capacity-building needs to address socio-economic problems, improve governance practices and strengthen laws and policies.
Established in 2003, the APRM got off to a good start in the first decade which saw 17 comprehensive review reports published, but enthusiasm soon waned in the decade that followed.
Having undergone revitalization in recent years, the situation has improved significantly with resumption of reviews, accession from new States and an undergoing of second reviews by Member States.
Nigeria’s first peer review was conducted in 2008 and having covered appreciable grounds in the implementation of the National Program of Action, the country is primed for a second peer review process of the APRM.