The National Coordinator/Chief Executive Officer of the AUD-NEPAD/APRM, Princess Gloria Akobundu has called for the support of the National Assembly for more poverty alleviation programmes to be domiciled in the agency.
She said, having more of such programmes will strengthen the Agency to execute its mandate of combating poverty across the country.
She made the call when she appeared before the joint Senate and House of Representatives’ Committees of Integration and Cooperation in Africa, to defend the agency’s 2021 budget.
The committee is co-chaired by Senator Chimaroke Nnamani and Rep. Mohammed Bago.
“My plea to this respected House, you gave me the job to overseeing us and seeing us perform with the little or nothing we had in the past. 
“But with your commitment to ensuring that NEPAD succeeds and will move this country forward, we want to plead that you look into our budget and assist us because it’s very lean.
 “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,” she said.
Akobundu noted that, looking at the mandate of the agency which she said is poverty eradication and the challenges facing the generation where of teeming youths especially at the rural area there is the need for the agency to be strengthened.
She lamentes that, COVID-19 has presented a lot of challenges which she said, NEPAD is doing alot to encourage the people especially the women at the rural communities who were known for poverty eradication.
In his remarks, chairman, House Committee on Integration and Cooperation in Africa, Rep. Umar Bago observed that the Committee had its recent oversight function to NEPAD ans have seen the performance.
“We have gone on oversight and during the oversight, we have seen their performance. I think we have briefed you accordingly, and I think based on the prevailing situation it will also be very wise for them to make their inputs for 2021,” he urged.