A Civil Society Network for Good Governance, a conglomerate of over 83 Civil Society Organizations working in diverse thematic areas to better the lot of all Nigerians through institution strengthening has advocated for more efficient delivery of public goods.
As citizen’s enlightenment platform, the mandate is to drive advocacy for institution strengthening; by holding institutions and public servants to the highest standards. This extends to recognition of great feats, clearing things up when there is confusion and calling for improvement whenever the need arises.
In a press statement, President of the Civil Society Network for Good Governance, Adefila Kamal, applauded the recent permanent appointment of Ambassador AbdulJalil Suleiman as the Director General of the Directorate for Technical Cooperation in Africa. First of all, we say congratulations to the Ambassador and implore him to rise up to the great demands and expectations that come with the office.
“In the years that preceded Ambassador Suleiman’s appointment as the Acting DG, the directorate was embroiled in disturbing cases of wanton corruption that shamed Nigeria as a whole. This is why we applaud the Honourable Minister of State for Foreign Affairs; Honourable Khadija Bukar Abba Ibrahim for finding a person of Ambassador Suleiman’s excellence and recommending him to the Secretary General of the federation; Boss Mustapha; who did not waste any time in passing the nomination to President Muhammadu Buhari for ratification.
“This is worthy of praise because the Directorate for Technical Cooperation in Africa is a crucial part of Africa’s holistic growth and development, and by extension; the fulfillment of Nigeria’s Millennium Development Goals.
“We have kept a close watch on the affairs of a directorate whose importance to Nigeria and Africa’s development is criminally underrated. As an acting DG, Ambassador Suleiman facilitated the issuance of travel papers for all officials of the directorate who needed to visit other countries to further the reach of the directorate.
“Also, to ramp up staff motivation and dedication, he swiftly got the approval of the Honouurable minister to effect an upward review of the directorate’s salary scale by the National Salary and Wages Commission. In his term as the acting DG, he was also able to resuscitate the Foreign Service Ethics Training program at the prestigious University of Ibadan. The Nigerian Technical Cooperation Fund (NTCF) has also been revived under his watch.
“Now that his appointment has been made permanent, we now call on Ambassador Suleiman to do even more with the authority of his office. We hope that with his track record of excellence, competence and administrative dexterity, his administration will be able to achieve the following: Key Africa into the latest technological advancements
Facilitate capacity building for research and development
Provide sustainable funding for STEP programs Implement technical cooperation and collaborative research between Nigeria and other countries in order to bring unprecedented technical advancements to Africa.
According to the NGO, this is the kind of appointment that is needed and from the Minister of state for Foreign Affairs, to the Secretary General of the Federation, to the President and all other stakeholders, we say this is a job very well done.
“We hope that the DG will do more than the preceding administrations in carrying Nigerians along in the endeavors of the directorate in order to ensure transparency and development. We look forward to it.’’
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