NUG committed to restore people’s trust in government institutions: Dr. Abdullah

The national unity government (NUG), which was established in September last year following a landmark power-sharing deal brokered by the U.S. government, has earned both bouquets and brickbats for its work over the past one year.

While the government has been appreciated for initiating landmark reforms in various sectors and launching a crusade against administrative corruption, it has also faced blistering criticism for failing to keep many promises made prior to elections.

On Monday, chairing a meeting of the council of ministers in Kabul, Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah admitted that the government has faced problems over the past one year and more needs to be done to fulfill the promises made to people.

He said the trust deficit between the government and people still exists and addressing the issue is among the top priorities for the government.

Restoring the people’s trust in government institutions, Dr. Abdullah affirmed, is not only the responsibility of two (NUG) leaders but the responsibility of all concerned officials 

He dismissed reports about the possibility of the formation of interim government and said the admitted that the insecurity has affected people’s trust in the government.

He said the situation cannot be changed merely by promises but through practical steps.

Restoring the people’s trust in government institutions, Dr. Abdullah affirmed, is not only the responsibility of two (NUG) leaders but the responsibility of all concerned officials.

“All the government officials have responsibility to restore people’s trust in government institutions and improve people’s lives through effective programs,” he said.

He assured the people that the tough days would be over and their lives would improve.

Taking note of reports about the flight of young and unemployed Afghan youth to European countries, Dr. Abdullah urged them not to flee the country.

He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to improve the situation so that the youth are not forced to leave the country.

This month, the national unity government completes one year in office. The government was formed in September 2014 following a power-sharing deal between the two rival candidates, which ended the six-month stalemate.

At the Senior Officials Meeting in Kabul earlier this month, President Ashraf Ghani outlined the work done by the government over the past one year.

This month, the national unity government completes one year in office. The government was formed in September 2014 following a power-sharing deal between the two rival candidates 

The major achievement of the past year, President Ghani said, has been the “restructuring” of the Capacity Building for Results program “which is now recruiting cadres of qualified staff for ministries on the basis of approved resource management plans”.

He also discussed the reforms in managing customs by increasing the oversight of revenue collection and making efforts to end the culture of impunity by prosecuting corrupt people.

President Ghani said rebuilding Afghanistan is going to be a long-term endeavor but the government, he affirmed, is fully committed to it. 

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