By; DEKERA NICHOLAS, Kaduna
The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) on Sunday trained directors of Budget, Research and Statistics in the 16 Local Government Councils of Taraba State on how to conduct survey on good governance
Mr Dauda Marafa, the Taraba Coordinator of the partnership conducted the training at a workshop in Jalingo.
Reports say that the training was conducted separately for the three senatorial zones where directors from Southern zone were trained in Wukari, Central zone in Mutumbiyu and Northern Zone in Jalingo.
Addressing the participants in Jalingo, Marafa told them that the Federal Government had identified them in the 774 local government councils in the country to be focal points for the implementation of NEPAD activities.
According to him, the training was anchored on four thematic areas of Africa Peer Review Mechanism, which he noted, was a self assessment process.
Marafa named the four areas as Democracy and political governance, Economic Governance and Management, Socioeconomic development and Corporate Governance.
“The questionnaires given to you at this training are to be taken to your various local government areas and to be distributed to all kinds of people, poor, rich, educated, uneducated among others.
“They are meant to assess the president of Nigeria, the governors of the 36 states in the country and the 774 council chairmen across the nation.
“You can guide those that may not understand on how to fill them but do not inject your opinion in what they will say,” he said.
The coordinator explained that the main objective of the programme was to eradicate poverty, ensure women empowerment, tackle illiteracy among others.
Alhaji Abdul-Nasir Bobboji, the Chairman of Jalingo Local Government Council, who was a guest at the occasion expressed hope that NEPAD’s activities would promote good governance in Nigeria.
Bobboji pledged the support the Jalingo council to the success of NEPAD’s Peer review mechanism in the state.