The Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, Abdulrasheed Bawa, has pledged the Commission’s continued support for the African Union Development Agency- New Partnership for Africa’s Development, AUDA-NEPAD.
Bawa made the pledge today, 8 July, while engaging with visiting members of the Country Review Mission on the validation of Nigeria’s Self-Assessment Report.
The EFCC boss underlined the importance of peer review on the continent’s governance and transformation process. Drawing from the experience of his agency, he said that there was a difference between fighting corruption and fighting corrupt people, adding, “we believe that you can only measure good governance by reviewing one’s work through self-assessment and comparing with others.
In his opening remarks, the APRM National Governing Council Team Lead, Dr. Louis Mandama reviewed the trajectory and progress of the Country Self- Assessment Report on the ongoing Africa Union’s Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) 2nd review process as it relates to Nigeria.
According to Mandama, the review process which started over a year ago with the conduct of town hall meetings, broad sensitization, virtual meetings, and questionnaire administration covered areas relating to democracy, political governance, economic governance, management, corporate governance and social economic development.
He added that the dialogue with Commission will provide self-assessment inputs on the key areas listed, which will be forwarded to the government for review and necessary action.
On his part, Abdoulie Janneh, Lead of the Review Panel, explained that the aim of the dialogue was to identify challenges and indices that could be discussed with a view to adding value to the assessment and ultimately improve the state of governance in the continent.
“You are a very critical institution in this country and one of its kind in the continent, so we recognize the challenge that not only Nigeria is facing but other parts of the continent which is the management of national resources,” he said.
Janneh emphasized the importance of collaboration among institutions that share common passion of improving governance in the continent.
The Country Review Mission comprises of eleven delegates drawn from countries cutting across the regions of the African Continent.