UNODC Hosts Anti-Corruption Workshop for NASS Members

Abuja, 13 November 2020 - Recently, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) organized a 2-day capacity building workshop in Abuja for members of the Senate Committee on Anti-corruption and Financial Crimes (ACFC).

The workshop which held on 21 and 22 October 2020 aimed to support the Committee in the refinement of its Legislative Anti-Corruption Strategy (LACS) that draws on the findings and recommendations of the two United Nations Convention Against Corruption country review reports and the report of the 2nd corruption survey in Nigeria.

In his welcome address, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Anticorruption and Financial Crimes (ACFC), Sen. Suleiman Abdu Kwari thanked UNODC for their collaboration with the National Assembly and stated “collectively we will be better equipped to understand our roles and responsibilities as lawmakers and the need to fulfill our international obligations as captured within the UNCAC.”

Dr. Oliver Stolpe, Representative, UNODC Nigeria expressed his gratitude to the ACFC committee for the collaboration and called on members of the committee to take on board the key recommendations made in both the UNCAC and 2nd corruption survey report as well as presentations from other relevant stakeholders in improving the legislative agenda and strategy for the 9th assembly.

The Senate President Dr. Ahmad Ibrahim Lawan, represented by Minority Chief Whip of the Senate, Sen. Phillip Aduda in his remarks recognized and commended the efforts of UNODC and ACFC in organizing the programme. He highlighted some of the contributions made by the National Assembly in the anti-graft war including the passing of crucial legislations like the NFIU Act and the Mutual Legal Assistance Act amongst others.

He also highlighted the three main tasks of NASS in support of Nigeria’s fight against corruption namely to provide robust legislation, conduct vigilant oversight and to carry out enquiries and investigations to expose corruption wherever it is found. He further stated “we are also carrying out legislative activities to streamline the processes of criminal justice system and the capacity of the prosecutors to get a fast-tracked process for prosecution of offenders, successful convictions and seizure of their assets. I am confident that this legislative anti-corruption strategy will bestow more independence, provide more operational funds and assist in making the wheel of justice to rotate faster.”