African Union Development Agency-New Partnership for Africa’s Development (AUDA-NEPAD) says the agency will partner with the Nigerian military and other stakeholders to curb violence in Nigeria.
Mrs Gloria Akobundu, National Coordinator/Chief Executive, AUDA-NEPAD said this in a statement by Mr Abolade Ogundimu, Media Assistant to Akobundu, on Friday in Abuja.
Akobundu said this during a meeting with the leadership of Nigerian Army Resource Centre (NARC) in her office.
AUDA-NEPAD`s boss assured them of the agency`s partnership for the security of the nation during and even after the elections in Nigeria.
“The agency will partner with the military and other security organisations in order to ensure violence free elections in the country.
“The Collaboration is part of efforts to bring critical stakeholders in electoral process together at a summit and come up with a National Action Plan (NAP) for adoption as a nation.
“AUDA/NEPAD being the agency overseeing African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) among other objectives also focuses on promoting political stability and this can be better achieved through such collaboration,’’ she said.
Akobundu said AUDA-NEPAD/APRM had in its efforts gone round to sensitise people across the country ahead of the 2019 general elections, monitored elections and made recommendations to the appropriate authorities.
The Director, APRM Department, AUDA-NEPAD Nigeria, Mrs Juweratu Olomoko, said that the agency was working towards achieving the nation’s commitment to African Union’s (AU) agenda 2020.
She said the agenda was aimed at `Silencing the Gun’ in the continent by the year 2020.
Maj.-Gen. Garba Wahab (retired), Director-General, NARC, commended AUDA-NEPAD for its effort to ensure that election across the country was violence free.
”If we can have peace and security in the system, development will be easier to achieve in the country. I commend AUDA-NEPAD for the wonderful idea,’’ he said.
The NARC director promised AUDA-NEPAD`s boss of the centre`s support to the agency on the summit and other activities.
Wahab urged AUDA-NEPAD to ensure that critical stakeholders sit together at the summit in order to come up with enduring recommendations for adoption to curb violence in Nigeria.
Source: ANA|COMPATRIOT MAGAZINE