Support to Anti-corruption in Nigeria (2012 - 2017)

The 'Support to Anti-Corruption in Nigeria' project financed by the European Union under the 10 th European Development Fund and implemented by UNODC in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) commenced in November 2012 and ended in August 2017. The project addressed all thematic areas covered under the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), including prevention, law enforcement, international cooperation and asset recovery.

More specifically, under this project, UNODC provided support to 14 government agencies with a view to enhancing their operational capacity as well as improving inter-agency coordination. Support included the provision of equipment to agencies to fulfill their mandate and the implementation of an extensive training programme, including through mentoring. Support was provided in areas such as asset declaration, prevention, procurement, access to legal information, investigation and prosecution, and international cooperation.

In the area of public awareness, the project supported government institutions, the media and civil society organisations (CSOs) with a view to enhancing the public's understanding of corruption and its negative impacts on the daily lives of citizens and hereby gradually increase rejection and public condemnation of corrupt practices. Extensive support went to radio programmes, providing airtime to government institutions and CSOs on a weekly basis to up to 80 million listeners. Through a grant portfolio, the project supported ten CSOs, with a large geographical coverage and a varied scope of intervention areas. Furthermore, the project increased dialogue between the civil society and government entities on several issues, including  asset recovery, public procurement, as well as several anti-corruption bills under consideration during the life-span of the project

Main results achieved by the project include:

  • Support Nigeria to adopt of the National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) in 2017, the Open Government Partnership (OGP) Action Plan in 2016 and the Extradition Act (Modification) Order in 2014;
  • Nigerian counterparts, including civil society were supported in actively preparing for, contributing to and following up on the first and second cycle review of Nigeria's compliance with its commitments under UNCAC;
  • Conduct of the largest ever national household survey on bribery in Nigeria which was launched in August 2017 and which solicited an unprecedented public debate around the scope, causes, location, types and cost of corruption;
  • Support Independent Corruption Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC) in the successful conduct of a corruption risk assessment report on Nigeria's e-government systems which was officially launched by the Presidency on 10 December 2018;
  • Support to the Nigerian Police Force and the Public Complaints Commission in the development of a user-friendly electronic SMS signal system for operatives dealing with criminal matters. Through the use of an SMS, operatives can send updates of activities on every case through the system.