AU mission charge Nigeria to be model to Africa

African Union (AU) delegates on Country Review Mission (CRM), on the second Peer Review process of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has harped on the need for Nigeria to be the model for other African countries in all spheres especially in governance.

Its Lead Panelist, Prof. Abdoulie Janneh made the call on Monday in Abuja, at the town hall meeting, organised by the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), to engage state/non- actors on the review process.

Abdoulie further stated that it was a welcome idea for them to be in the country to further assess the reports approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the reports would serve as a reference record for others.

According to him, the review mission will address the four thematic areas of democracy/political governance, economic, social development, corporate governance.

“It is an important process of the APRM that will make Nigeria a mirror in Africa, being the first country to carry out the second review process after four years period given by the AU before another review.

Recounting progress in development the Director General of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration (NAFDAC) Prof. Christiana Adeyeye, noted the benefits of the couy review process through the Nigeria’s APRM, saying this will bring more development in the country.

While answering questions on NAFDAC contributions, Adeyeye said the agency was looking at encouraging the local contents for the creation of jobs in Nigeria, to also divert the country from over dependent on foreign goods.

” Whether medicine or drugs, clothing, we are over dependent on foreign goods, and COVID-19 pandemic has opened the eyes of everybody, especially in the area of health sector, ” she said.

Earlier, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), said the corps was exploiting new mechanism to boost its services to reduce traffic crisis and fatality on Nigeria road.

Represented by Mr Victor Nwokolo, Deputy Corps Marshal, Policy Reseach/Solution, Oyeyemi said the corps’ major concern was to meet the global best practices in its mode of operation on roads.

“We are trying to apply the global best practices to see how we can reduces number of casualties on the highway, we are equally cooperating with the ECOWAS region to see that we maintain uniformity and similarity, ” he said.