Nasarawa State Government has called on participants at the second Peer Review of Nigeria to imbibe the principle of transparency and inclusiveness in the exercise for the enhancement of democracy and good governance in the country.
Governor Abdullahi Sule made the call during a Town Hall Meeting for North Central Zone Validation Exercise of the country Self Assessment Report.
The Town Hall Meeting which drew participants from the traditional institution, security agencies, the media, civil society organisations, religious leaders among others from all the states in the north Central geopolitical zone including the federal capital territory, followed the official launch of African Peer Review Mechanism of Nigeria Self – Assessment Report by President Muhammadu Buhari recently.
Addressing the gathering, Governor Abdullahi Sule represented by the Deputy Governor, Dr. Emmanuel Akabe said democracy and good governance would thrive if the major actors give rooms for self – assessment, accountability and review of their activities.
He called on African Peer Review Mechanism to be guided by objectivity and fairness in the exercise as according to him, the outcome would contribute immensely in entrenching democracy, rule of law and good governance.
Chief of Staff and Coordinator for Nigeria Second Review, African Peer Review Mechanism, Mr. Ferdinando Katendeko pointed out that Nigeria is the first in the West African Sub – Region to undergo Second Peer Review since 2008.
Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency – New Partnership for African Development, Mrs. Gloria Okobundu from where African Peer Review Mechanism is domiciled, explained that since the approval by President Muhammadu Buhari for Self Review of the country, the exercise had recorded remarkable progress.