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PRESS RELEASE: Symposium on the best way to fund & sustain anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria

PRESS RELEASE: Symposium on the best way to fund & sustain anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria

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ABUJA, MARCH 10, 2016. The Convention on Business Integrity (CBi) and the INTEGRITY Organization (Limited by Guarantee) will on this day hold a symposium intended to spark a debate on how to effectively fund and sustain anti-corruption efforts in the Country.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s position on corruption has been so clear that it is so often seen in his “body language.” Many perceive this administration’s fight against corruption to be more of the same witch-hunt tactics used by previous administrations to settle political scores. For others, the corruption fight is urgently needed but currently personal, and embodied in President Buhari. For the fight against corruption to be effective and far reaching, there needs to be concrete ways of funding, driving and sustaining anti-corruption efforts in Nigeria that complement’s the president’s body language. There needs to be more support from leaders of the business community, all arms of government, civil society and the general public. Extensive deliberations on finding an effective Nigerian response to this global problem are now needed. As a former EFCC Chairman once noted, “if Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill us.”

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The Special Guest of honour at this event is His Excellency, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, GCON, the Vice- President, The Federal Republic of Nigeria, while Prof. Itse Sagay, SAN, Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Corruption will chair the symposium. Other notable speakers would include organisations/ individuals involved in AntiCorruption work.

It is anticipated the event will have in attendance representatives/decision makers/stakeholders in key organizations involved in or affected by anti-corruption work in Nigeria including Donor Agencies, International and Local Financial Institutions, Anti-Corruption Agencies, Media Houses (local & International), Civil Society, Local Philanthropic Foundations, the Private Sector and the National Assembly.

We hope that this program in addition to sensitizing and preferring viable solutions to the issue, will also stimulate reflection and discourse by all stakeholders on the rationale for funding and sustaining Anti-Corruption work in Nigeria.

Our organisations, CBi and INTEGRITY’s vision is “A society with zero tolerance for corruption” while our mission is “Through visionary leadership, creativity and effective implementation of our ideas, we empower people, their transactions, systems and institutions against corruption.”

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Press Enquiries: For more information/clarification/questions about the program, please get in touch with the contact person listed (Yinka Johnson (CBi) 07013715571, yinka.johnson@cbinigeria.com)

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