Following the determined efforts of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in the fight against corruption, Nigeria was on November 6, 2017 elected the Vice Chairman of the Conference of the States Parties to the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
The election which was ratified by all the African countries participating at the 5-day conference in Vienna, Austria, according to the President of the session, Thelma Aldana, is a boost in Nigeria’s efforts at nipping corruption in the bud.
Her words: “It is an election well deserved. Nigeria has demonstrated remarkable determination in the fight against corruption, the election into this exaltic position is therefore a boost”
Issues discussed at today’s proceedings included: understanding the links between corruption and violent extremism, citizens engagement in fighting against corruption; The elephant in the room: Addressing corruption linked to wildlife crime; UNCAC and integrity, transparency and anti corruption preventive policies; Fostering partnerships to fast track UNCAC implementation and Putting the Marrakech Declaration on the prevention of corruption into practice: implementing robust Anti-gay Corruption frameworks and bodies.
Nigeria’s delegation led by Ambassador Vivian Okeke, Nigerian Ambassador to Austria, included: Ambassador I. Akabogun Chinwuba, acting Under Secretary, Regions and International Organisations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.