The National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of the AUDA-NEPAD/APRM, Princess Gloria Akobundu has solicited the support of the National Assembly in strengthening the Agency towards combating the scourge of poverty across the country.
Princess Akobundu gave the charge during the 2021 budget defence held at the instance of the joint Senate and House of Representatives’ Committees on Integration and Cooperation in Africa, co-chaired by Senator Chimaroke Nnamani and Hon. Mohammed Bagos.
Princess Akobundu explained that the team was in the National Assembly to discuss the budget and how to work together to move the county forward.
“Remember before, there something like Keke-Napep to alleviate poverty, so some of these poverty alleviation programmes should be domiciled in NEPAD so that we can be able to execute them and cow back to give you a proper update of what we have done.
“Secondly, we have a copy of our bill to look at it to give us a strong balance to enable us carry out our functions because if we are not properly structured based on the ongoing reform, we would not be able to interact with the international community and development partners to enable us mobilize resources to support whatever we are getting from the Federal Government to do our job.
“So we need a proper policy and passage of our bill to enable us come out strong to execute or mandate,” Princess Akobundu stressed.
She also solicited for enhanced annual budgetary allocation to effectively discharge the mandate of the Agency, stressing that the current budget is very lean.
The Chairman, House Committee on Integration and Cooperation in Africa, Muhammad Bagos, observed that the Committee had during the recent oversight function to NEPAD seen their performance.