About Us

The Center for Fiscal Transparency & Integrity Watch is a non-governmental and non-partisan organization established in 2016 with the aim of promoting accountability, transparency within the public sector, and ensuring good governance at all levels.

To achieve its objectives, the Center develops technological solutions to monitor public sector expenditure and provide same to the public. It monitors issues related to integrity of public officers and institutions responsiveness to public scrutiny.

While it promotes open governance at national and sub-national levels, it also serves as a credible hub for resources related to the criminal justice such as crime, compliance, asset recovery and illicit financial flows.

The Center has over time worked with both government and CSO’s to implement programs and interventions aimed at strengthening democracy and improving governance in Nigeria.

Board of Trustees

Hon. Kayode Oladele

KAYODE OLADELE is a top-notch international lawyer, accomplished development journalist, anti-corruption, counter-fraud and financial intelligence consultant.

He holds a Bachelor of laws [LLB (Hons)] degree from the University of Lagos, Nigeria, Master of Laws [LLM] degree from the Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan, USA and Barrister -at-law [BL] from the Nigerian Law School, Victoria Island, Lagos. He also attended the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos, Nigeria. He is an attorney and counselor -at-law of the Supreme Courts of the United States of America and Barrister-at-law of the Supreme Court of Nigeria.

Oladele is admitted to practice before several United States of American Courts including the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, US Courts of Appeals for the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh and Federal Circuits respectively, the US Court of International Trade, and the U.S District Courts for the Eastern District of Michigan, Northern District of Illinois and District of (Washington) D.C etc.

He is a member of several professional Associations including the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, (CIArb) UK, Association for International Arbitration (AIA), the International Nuclear Law Association (INLA), the State Bar of Michigan (SBM), the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) and the International Bar Association (IBA).

As a trans-border lawyer, Oladele has contributed immensely to legal jurisprudence whilst some of the high profile international human rights violation cases he has handled have become major legal precedents worldwide. Oladele has also written scores of scholarly articles focusing on the endemic problems of the society and emphasizes effective participation of the people in development planning alongside with the government. Guided by the relationship between law and Journalism, most of his writings propound action-oriented approach to help overcome challenges like poverty, illiteracy, rule of law and other socio-economic problems in developing democracies.

He once served as the Chief of Staff in the office of the Executive Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) where he also left indelible marks in the fight against corruption and financial crimes in Nigeria.

Professor Nelson Aluya.

A medical doctor with extensive broad base training ,clinical expertise in over three continents He has been involved in the medical management of people of diverse racial and ethnic background in Nigeria United States of America and Jamaica especially of the indigent population. Trained in both Pediatrics and Internal medicine, Dr Aluya is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the New Jersey Medical School, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA, Attending Physician at the University Hospital, Newark New jersey training. He is also the Medical Director of Sinai Sub-acute Rehabilitation Center. The largest sub-acute rehabilitation center in Essex county New Jersey, USA.

He received his medical training and internship at the Prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna state, Nigeria, Further training in both Pediatrics and Medicine at the Newark Beth-Israel Medical center, Newark, New-Jersey .USA, before joining the then University of Medicine and Dentistry before becoming an Assistant Professor.

He has led multiple local and international medical missions providing his expertise and selfless service to low social economic groups as well as economically and socially displaced and migrant families.

He is a member of several professional Associations including the American Medical Association (AMA), Association of Nigeria Physicians in America (ANPA). Dr Aluya currently serves on the boards of several NGOs and is the Vice President of Impact Life International Florida, USA. He has been a guest speaker at numerous workshops, conferences and seminars including the Haiti-American Partnership convention. He is a recipient of numerous peer review awards, nominations and commendations both locally and internationally.

Dr Aluya continues to dedicate his utmost effort to teaching, research to improving health care delivery for all of humanity and especially indivuals of African descent by building the frame work to recognizing the barriers to care, creating social and political awareness to the debilitating emotional, economic, social burden of disease and as well as the often poorly recognized role of the migration and human trafficking to health.

Udofia Obot, L.LM

A lawyer, a banker and a seasoned Bank Examiner with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) for 35 years. He joined the employment of the CBN in 1982. He worked in Banking Supervision Department between 1984 and March 2010. He took part in investigation and prosecution of many high profile cases in the Nigerian banking industry. Mr Obot has attended many seminars, workshops, symposia and trainings on various subjects both in Nigeria and abroad, particularly on anti-money laundering, combating the financing of terrorism and weapons of mass destruction.

As Head of Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) Division of Financial Policy and Regulation Department, CBN, Abuja,he is involved in the formulation and implementation of key AML/CFT policies in Nigeria. He also provides inputs into various legislation and regulations on combating money laundering and financing of terrorism in the country. Mr. Obot is equally a member of the team that represents Nigeria in Plenaries held by Inter-Governmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA) and Financial Action Task Force (FATF), the World Standard Setting Body against money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

Mr. Obot was a member of the Inter-Agency Committee on the Establishment of Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU). He was an active member of the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force (PCoF), National Focal Point on Terrorism and AML/CFT Stakeholders Forum. He was closely involved in the fight to exit Nigeria from the Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories (NCCTs) List between 2004 and 2006, and from the grey list countries that have not made appreciable progress in their AML/CFT Regime between 2010 and 2013.

Mr. Obot is a regular discussant at the yearly Symposium on Economic Crimes held in Jesus College, Cambridge, United Kingdom. He also presents papers in seminars and facilitates in many AML/CFT trainings held in Nigeria and abroad.

Ifeyinwa Angela Nworgu

Called to the Nigerian Bar in 1984, Ms Nworgu practiced Law for four years before joining the Nigerian Foreign Service. She has in that capacity represented Nigeria in many countries. As Legal Coordinator at the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the United Nations (UN), she represented Nigeria and projection her interests in all the issues and Agenda Items of the 6th Committee of the UN.

Later as the Senior Adviser (Legal) to the President of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), she held meetings with all regional Chairmen and coordinated regional positions for projection at the UNGA. She successfully organized an international/intergovernmental UNGA High-Level Meeting on International Maritime Piracy.

Within a two-year stint as Director of the Nigerian Special Control Unit Against Money Laundering (SCUML),Nigeria in 2011, she excelled in the development and implementation of an effective culture of compliance with extant laws and regulations on anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism(AML/CFT) amongst Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions(DNFBPs)

As Consul at the Embassy of Nigeria Rome Italy, she has come face to face with the challenges of Human Trafficking, Drug Trafficking and Prostitution especially as they affect Nigerian migrants in Europe, as well as the deceitful and vicious strategies of the perpetrators and their collaborators at both the Nigerian and European ends.

Umar Yakubu

An economist by training, engineered the Center to complement the Nigerian government’s efforts towards countering fraud and other predicate crimes through advocacy and use of technology to reach to a broader scale of vulnerable groups of interest and institutions. With an educational background in Economics, Business Administration, Finance and Counter Fraud & Counter Corruption, he brings to bear innovative thinking, dynamics and a keen interest in the use of data.

He has experience in the area of counter-corruption, anti-money laundering, combatting the financing of terrorism, with a specific focus on Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBP’s). He has also been involved in the main policy-making issues related to the legal and institutional framework of anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT) in Nigeria through the Presidential Committee on Financial Action Task Force (PCFATF). He worked on the technical committee that addressed the strategic deficiencies identified by FATF which got Nigeria delisted as a country of ‘high-risk’ by FATF in 2013.

He attended the Sixty-Seventh (67th) United Nations General Assembly and worked on the Sixth Committee (Legal Committee) to assess Nigeria’s implementation of United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) measures and other Global and Regional Instruments to combat corruption. He has consulted for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and carried out a research project for Intergovernmental Action Group against Money Laundering in West Africa (GIABA).

Umar has received training on policy and strategies aimed at reducing crime by attending a few courses with the Royal Canadian Metropolitan Police (RCMP), Canada, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States, and The Central Office for the fight against crime related to information and communications technology (OCLCTIC), French Police.