STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT

We, the Chairmen/Chief Executives/Representatives of Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Justice, as well as, the Office of the Auditor General for the Federation, Budget Office of the Federation, Bureau of Public Procurement, Central Bank of Nigeria, Code of Conduct Bureau, Corporate Affairs Commission, Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, Federal Inland Revenue Service, Independent Corrupt Practices  and Other Related Offences Commission, National Agency for the Prohibition of Traffic in Persons, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Nigerian Financial Intelligence Unit, Nigeria Police Force, Public Complaints Commission, and the Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms;

Gathered together at an Inter-Agency Retreat on United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in Kaduna from 25-27 May 2009 to discuss and review our efforts and challenges in combating corruption and in implementing Nigeria's obligations under the UNCAC;

Concerned about the seriousness of problems and threats posed by corruption to the stability and security of Nigeria, undermining the institutions and values of democracy, ethical values and justice and jeopardizing sustainable development and the rule of law;

Decide and commit ourselves and our Agencies as follows:

1.      Interaction, cooperation, collaboration and coordination of efforts among our Agencies for:

(a)    Joint investigation, and where possible and appropriate, joint prosecution;

(b)   Setting up a Task Team comprising Experts for developing IT-based exchange of information;

(c)    Partnering with Civil Society Organizations in preventing and combating corruption, in particular through the implementation of the attached "Plan of Action on Effective Civil Society Engagement in the Prevention and Control of Corruption, 2009-2010";

(d)   Taking appropriate measures to promote Transparency and Accountability in the management of Public Finances at all levels, including Federal, State and Local Governments;

(e)    Establishing a credible Public Reporting Process i.e. Mechanism for Reporting of Corruption ;

(f)     Capacity building in mutually agreed areas, especially in the areas of Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) and Extradition;

2.      Scrupulous enforcement of all existing laws in combating corruption;

3.      Domestication of the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), AU Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption and the ECOWAS Protocol on the Fight against Corruption to facilitate and strengthen the fight against corruption at National, State, and Local levels;

4.      In the meantime, ensuring the following enactment and or amendments to our laws:

(a)     Legislation on protection of Whistleblowers and witnesses;

(b)    Legislation on Plea Bargain;

(c)     Non-Conviction Based Forfeiture of Proceeds and Instrumentalities of Unlawful Activities Bill;

(d)    Illicit Enrichment;

(e)    Criminalizing bribery of Foreign Public Officials and Officials of Public International Organizations

5.      Establishment of a Unit for Management of Confiscated Assets;

6.      Encouraging a more effective participation of the Legislative and Judicial arms in the fight against corruption;

7.      Development of a National Strategy to fight corruption to be coordinated by Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms (TUGAR);

8.      TUGAR to complete the UNCAC Self-Assessment Checklist and prepare an overall analysis of Agencies responses (gap analysis) for review by the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT)

9.      TUGAR to continue its work in coordinating the IATT.

10.   Request the Chairman of the Retreat, Hon. Justice M. L. Uwais, GCON, CJN (Rtd) and Chairman of the IATT to transmit this Statement of Commitment to Mr. President and or the Federal Executive Council; and

11.  Request also the Chairman of the Retreat and the Chairman of IATT to share the Statement of Commitment with the UNODC for consultation with Government and Development Partners

Express appreciation to NEITI/TUGAR for hosting and coordinating the Inter-Agency Retreat and to our Partners - European Commission and UNODC - for their financial and other support.

 

Kaduna , 27 May 2009