EU gives Nigerian Govt N7bn to fight corruption


Written by Idowu Samuel, Abuja Tuesday, 07 February 2012

THE war against corruption in Nigeria has continued to elicit the confidence of international organisations and agencies as the European Union (EU) votes the sum of 34 million Euros (N7 billion) to support the anti-corruption war in the country.
This was made known in Abuja by the Country Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Mariam Sissoko, when she led a team on a courtesy visit to the office of the Independent Corrupt Practices And Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) recently.

While listing the objectives of the European Union on anti-corruption war in Nigeria to include, strengthening coordination in the fight against corruption, strengthening operational capacity of anti-corruption agencies as well as strengthening operational capacity of civil society organisations in their participation in the fight against corruption, Sissoko said the amount would be used to assist the undertakings of 10 anti-corruption agencies including ICPC.

She, however, urged all anti-graft agencies in the country to come together and “conduct gap assessment on their operations to know where they are at the moment and where they want to be in the future in the fight against corruption.

She disclosed that her office had planned to hold a workshop between February 21 and 22, this year and had scheduled another event for March 13, 2012.

Responding to Sissoko’s comments, the ICPC Acting Chairman, Mr Ekpo Nta, called on UNODC to collaborate with ICPC in carrying out needs assessment, skill gap analysis, capacity building and institutional strengthening and link the commission with specialised technical partners the world over.

The ICPC boss noted that partnership with UNODC would further assist the commission to be more ICT focused and specifically requested UNODC assistance in setting up an e-Library to sharpen the prosecution skills of ICPC
Source: Nigerian Tribune

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