Johannesburg - Nigeria has emphasised its continued commitment to championing the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), President Muhammadu Buhari, said.
In a speech Bulus Zom Lolo, Permanent Secretary Ministry of Foreign Affairs, read on his behalf at the 33rd NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation (HSGOC) meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, Buhari highlighted the commencement of work on the Trans-Saharan gas pipeline from Nigeria to Algeria, as well as the Trans-Sahara Highway linking several African countries, as key achievements of NEPAD.
He also referred to the NEPAD Agency as a strategic body for Africa’s structural transformation.
Earlier, the recently-inaugurated Buhari was welcomed to the HSGOC.
Meanwhile, Chair of the NEPAD HSGOC and President of Senegal, Macky Sall, underscored the achievements made by NEPAD in advancing regional integration through infrastructure and capacity development projects.
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He noted the need to tackle illicit financial flows from Africa and to enhance the capacities of African member countries to negotiate mining and oil contracts for the social benefit of African people. President Sall also commended the NEPAD Spanish Fund for African Women’s Empowerment, in line with this year’s Summit theme.
NEPAD Agency Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ibrahim Mayaki, reported back on concrete results made for the period January to June 2015.
“We have achieved 313 results that each has had quantifiable impacts: 20 at the continental level, 30 at the regional level and 264 at the national levels. All the impacts demonstrated are geared towards the industrialization of the Continent,” he said.
Some of the key achievements Dr Mayaki highlighted included the establishment of an Africa Climate Smart Agriculture Alliance aimed at reaching out to 25 million farmers by 2025, the launch of a Continental Business Network for Infrastructure financing in Africa, and providing access to clean water and sanitation to 9 656 women in Benin and Togo.
- CAJ News