Strengthening the Anti-Corruption Environment in Nigeria (SACEN)

Senate, CFTIW Partner to Review Nigeria’s Anti-corruption Strategy

On 9th and 10th June 2021, the Senate Committee on Anti-Corruption and Financial Crimes ably headed by the Chairman, Senator Sulaiman Abdu Kwari, summoned Ministries Departments and Agencies to make a formal report on the level of implementation of the National Anti – Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2017-2021.

President Muhammadu Buhari in 2017 approved the NAC strategy to improve the governance of public institutions at federal, state, and local government levels.
The strategy is specifically designed to promote a multi-approach on; strengthening the legal and institutional framework of anti-corruption bodies; mainstreaming anti-corruption principles into governance and service delivery; strengthening accountability, integrity and transparency sub-national public administration.

With technical support from the Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW), the exercise assessed how government agencies are implementing strategies to fight corruption, as enshrined in the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2017-2021; identify gaps and lapses, and explore ways to make improvement on curbing the menace of corruption from the grassroots.
In attendance were the Executive Chairman of the ICPC, Professor Bolaji Owonsanoye and his team, the Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), Mr Mele Kyari, was also present to make a presentation on how he has been tackling corruption in the extractive industry. The Director-General of the National Orientation Agency, Dr. Garba Abari, also made invaluable contributions.

Others Include representatives of the vice president office, Professor Fatima Aliyu Abubakar; the Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU), the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), represented by Director of Planning, Mr Bamanga Bello; the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), represented by the director of the infrastructure, Dr. Usman Abdullahi; the Federal Ministry of Justice (FMOJ), represented by Ms. Chisom M. Aghadinun; Bureau for Public Procurement, represented by Aliyu Adamu, Director Regulation, Database and ICT; Office of Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, represented by Ibiene Roberts Patricia, Perm. Sec. Special Duties Office; The Nigerian Customs Service, represented by Ag. ACG Investigation, Enforcement and Inspection, UG Muhammad. Also, in attendance were representatives of the Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms (TUGAR), and Presidential Advisory Committee on Anti-Corruption (PACAC); and of the representatives of CSOs: Human and Environmental Development Agenda (HEDA) and United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

In his final remarks, the Chairman applauded the agencies for their commitment towards ensuring the successful implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and urged them to put more effort on bridging the gaps in the implementation of the policy as the deadline expired. He also extended his warm regards to the Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch for coming with such initiative.
Finally, the chairman, on behalf of the Senate pledged to support the president, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, in his fight against corruption.

CeFTIW Board of Trustees, Advisors and Staff pay a courtesy visit to Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU).

Being a critical stakeholder in anti-corruption reforms, theBoard of Trustees, Advisors, and staff of the Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW) paid a courtesy visit to the Nigeria Financial Intelligence Unit (NFIU) on  27th April 2021.

As the sole agency responsible for dissemination of financial intelligence, the visit focused on seeking strategies to advocate for the strengthening of the legal framework of the NFIU to enable it enhance its operational efficiency.

The team briefed the Director of NFIU, Mr. Modibbo Tukur and Management staff on previous work on legislative advocacy.

The Director commended the Center and expressed his support for CeFTIW and other CSO that are contributing t the fight against corruption.

CeFTIW Board of Trustees, Advisors and Staff pay a courtesy visit to the Chairman, Technical Unit on Governance & Anti-Corruption Reforms

In line with the implementation of the Strengthening the Anti-Corruption Environment in Nigeria (SACEN) project, which is supported by the MacArthur Foundation, members of the Board of Trustees and staff of the Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW), on 22nd April  2021, paid a courtesy visit to the management of Technical Unit on Governance & Anti-Corruption Reforms (TUGAR) to fashion out areas of collaboration and strengthening the implementation process of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) 2017-2021.

CeFTIW Board of Trustees, Advisors and Staff pay a courtesy visit to the Chairman, House Committee on Financial Crimes.

In line with the Strengthening Anti-Corruption Environment in Nigeria (SACEN) project, the Board of Trustees, Advisors and Staff of Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW), on the 6th April  2021, paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman,House Committee on Financial Crimes Committee, Honourable Ibrahim Abdullahi Dutse.

The visit was to seek collaboration between CeFITW and the House Committee on Financial Crimes, towards assessing areas of legislation that requires fortification in order to sustain the fight against corruption.

The Committee Chairman and his team appreciated CeFTIW for the visit  and pledged their support towards ensuring that critical bills are passed under this current dispensation. He urged the CeFTIW to increase its advocacy by training legilators on anti-corruption bills.

CeFTIW Board of Trustees pay a courtesy visit to the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML).

On 23rd March 2021, the Board of Trustees, Advisors and Staff of Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW), paid a courtesy visit to the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering (SCUML).

As critical institution in combatting money laundering and corruption, the visit was to focused on seeking  partnership with SCUML in the area of reducing corruption, money laundering and financing of terrorism using Designated Non-Financial Businesses and Professions (DNFBPs).

As a cash-based economy, SCUML has over the years been a model for other countries to emulate from in terms of effective supervision of DNFBPs.

The current Director of SCUML, Mr. Dan Isei, commended the center’s efforts and advised on the need to improve the capacity building of anti-corruption agencies.

CeFTIW Board of Trustees pay a courtesy visit to the office of the Honorable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN.

On 23rd of February 2021, the Board of Trustees, Advisors and Staff of Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW), paid a courtesy visit to the office of the Honorable Attorney General of the Federation.

The purpose of the visit was to brief the attorney general of the federation, Abubakar Malami, SAN, and seek for political support at the high level in order to strengthening the legal framework related to anti-corruption in Nigeria, and to brief the attorney general on our engagement by MacArthur foundation to seek ways of strengthening the anti-corruption war by legislative advocacy.

Specifically, the Center seeks for the passage of critical bills such as; Proceed of Crime Bill (POCA), Whistle Blower Protection Bill, Witness Protection Bill, Audit Bill as well as the and the Amendment of EFCC Act, NFIU Act and ICPC Act.