EU to commit N20bn to anti-graft war

The European Union yesterday said it would improve Nigeria’s fight against corruption with a financial commitment of about N20 billion (98 million Euros). It also said the funding commitment would equally support efforts in the country’s judiciary sector and fight against drug trafficking. A statement from the EU Delegation to Nigeria in Abuja, said the financial package was disclosed at a high level project briefing between the National Planning Commission (NPC) and several development agencies, including the EU delegation. The meeting also witnessed the signing of a N7.2 billion (35 million Euros) financing agreement between the Federal Government and the EU in support of government’s efforts in fighting corruption. The agreement was signed by the Minister of National Planning, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, and the Ambassador, Head of EU Delegation to Nigeria, Dr. David MacRae, on behalf of the government and EU respectively. The statement also stated that the three projects would be implemented by United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). He noted that the main beneficiaries of the project included the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP), Code of Conduct Bureau/Code of Conduct Tribunal, Public Complaints Commission (PCC), EFCC, National Financial Intelligence Unit, Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering and the Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-corruption Reforms (TUGAR), as well as civil society organisations in the country. Representative of UNODC, Ms. Mariam Sissoko, highlighted the expected outcomes of the project as, strengthening of anti-corruption policy making, coordination and monitoring mechanisms, strengthening of institutional and operational capacity.


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