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ACBF’s Executive Secretary calls for increased support for Africa’s Legislatures

09 Feb, 2016

The Executive Secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation, Prof. Emmanuel Nnadozie, on Monday began a five-day official visit to Nigeria with an appeal for increased support for African legislatures to enable them further develop the democratic culture practice on the continent.

Prof. Nnadozie, who made the appeal at a meeting with the top management of the National Institute for Legislative Studies in Abuja, said the support would help redress the historical imbalance in resource availability to the three arms of government in many African countries.

“The legislature, which is often inadequately resourced, has to contend with a well-resourced and strong executive arm, creating a situation that does not allow for effective oversight of executive actions,” he said at the meeting to review the working relationship between the two bodies.

The Institute, whose main duty is to train legislators and their staff to enable them enhance democratic rule in West Africa, is one of the Nigerian institutions receiving financial and technical support from the Harare-based ACBF.

Since its inception 25 years ago, the Foundation has provided financial support worth more than USD 26 million to the NILS and other Nigerian beneficiaries. The ACBF was established in 1991 by African governments in their bid to develop indigenous human capabilities for better policy development and better economic management of the countries.

In her remarks, the Director General of NILS, Dr. Ladi Hamalai, appealed to the ACBF for further, “tailor-made technical skill and capacity enhancement” assistance to enable it succeed in its mandate to further develop the legislative arms of government in Nigeria and in West Africa.

During the five-day-long visit, Prof. Nnadozie is expected to hold discussions with senior government officials, including Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, on ACBF-Nigeria relations, particularly in its core area of helping to develop capacity. 

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Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana