For African continent to achieve food sufficiency and standard development as envisioned by the founding fathers of African Unity, it behooves on every nation to develop policies and programmes, capable of harnessing its abundant resources and synchronise them with Continental Agendas as exemplified by the Nigerian Government, says Princess Gloria Akobundu fsi, National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development African Peer Review Mechanism (AUDA-NEPAD/APRM) Nigeria.
Akobundu made the call on 25th May in commemoration Africa Day, a day set aside by the United Nations to celebrate the establishment of the Organisation of African Union (O.A.U.) on same date in 1963, as O.A.U later transformed to African Union in 1994.
The theme of the 2022 Africa Day is ‘Strengthening Resilience in Nutrition and Food Security on the African Continent’.
According to the Agency’s Boss, the theme is apt as the entire world battles for food security due to effects of COVID-19 pandemic on food security and other hindrances on food sufficiency.
“President Muhammadu Buhari-led Government has proven Nigeria’s commitment to conceive and implement developmental policies that are in tandem with Continental programmes and growth plan.
“Africa is a continent that is endowed with abundant human and mineral resources, therefore, every effort to harness them should be of interest to every nation for Continental growth.
“As an Agency that is mandated to ensure domestication of African Union developmental programmes, AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria has enjoyed great commitment and support from the administration of President Buhari.
“The successful launching of AUDA-NEPAD Initiative to strengthen Smallholder Farmers capabilities Towards Productive Land Restoration amid COVID-19 Pandemic’, and the successful Second Peer Review of Nigeria in the four thematic areas of APRM among others have strengthened Nigeria’s commitment,” she said.
It will be recalled that Nigeria’s Country Review Report (CRR) was unanimously approved by Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee at the 35th African Union Ordinary Summit in Addis Ababa , Ethiopia on 4th February, 2022.
The CRR approval has led to the ongoing drafting and harmonisation of the National Programme of Action (NPoA) which will be launched upon its completion by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The APRM xrays four thematic areas namely: Economic Governance and Management (EGM); Socio-Economic Development (SED); Corporate Governance and; Political Governance and Management (DPG).
African Union has further renewed its commitment to Continental growth through the introduction of Agenda – 2063 ‘Africa We Want ‘, and Nigeria is at the forefront in championing African cause at global fora through various strategic engagements including AUDA-NEPAD organised special side events at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) since 2018.