About 112 heads of States and over 46,000 delegates including ministries, CSOs, scientists, policy makers, oil companies and the private sector as well as other stakeholders gathered at the Red Sea Resort, Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt from 6th to 18th November 2022, for the 27th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP27. The global […]
Time for Shell and its Investors to stop financing Oil and Gas projects is Now!
BY LEO ATAKPU Shell has been active in the Niger Delta since the 1930s, leaving the people of the Niger Delta with little more than sorrow, tears and blood. Shell’s presence alongside other multinational oil companies led to loss of livelihoods, and conflicts that led to loss of lives and property. Thirty years ago the Movement for the Survival of […]
Where are we with disbursement of returned $322.5M Abacha Loot?
By Innocent Edemhanria The Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) in a press statement on March 17, 2022 raised concerns over the stoppage of cash disbursement of returned $322.5m to poor Nigerians by the National Cash Transfer Office (NCTO) since June 2021. ANEEJ also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene immediately to restore payment. ANEEJ, is a […]
International civil society welcomes the recent MoU signed between Switzerland and Uzbekistan
International civil society welcomes the recent Memorandum of Understanding signed between Switzerland and Uzbekistan to return USD 131 million of confiscated assets but counsel caution We welcome recent developments by the Swiss government to repatriate $131 million USD of confiscated assets in criminal proceedings against Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of former Uzbek President Islam Karimov. The source of these assets are […]
COVID 19: Repositioning ANEEJ for remote Working
BY LEO ATAKPU Staff of ANEEJ at the Remote Working Meeting “The COVID 19 pandemic has thrown up new challenges, new ways of thinking, new ways of doing business and we have to think creatively to up our game. Traditional ways of doing things can no longer be relied upon. We must innovate, we must change our approaches of doing […]
THE MANTRA PROJECT: ASSESSING SUCCESS THROUGH CITIZENS ENGAGEMENT
I sometimes feel many people working in International Development are ignorant when it comes to assessing what success looks like in Anti-Corruption interventions. This is understandable, as the challenge of tackling corruption may seem insurmountable in contexts where governance remains poor; systems are broken, and society largely conditioned to think that nothing can be done to stop public funds being […]
WHAT NIGERIA’S POOR RANKING ON TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL’S CPI TELLS US
By Dr. Matthew Ayibakuro Transparency International has just released its annual Corruption Perceptions Index for 2019. There are no surprises on Nigeria’s position on the global Index. For 2019, the country is ranked 146 out of 180 countries, with a dismal score of 26 out 100. This is in keeping with the trend over the last decade where Nigeria has […]
TACKLING POVERTY THROUGH RECOVERED ASSETS: THE EMERGING NIGERIAN EXPERIENCE
By Rev David Ugolor & Dr. Ayibakuro Matthew At the start of this week, a total of 724 field monitors were deployed across 19 states and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja for the second phase of the monitoring of the use of the $322.5 million Abacha loot returned from Switzerland in 2018. By the end of the monitoring exercise, they […]
Why Nigerians must defend the goalpost of Sports in Nigeria
By Rev. David Ugolor, Towards the dawn of the millennium while the component units of the universe were taking quantum leaps into space and investing massively in research for the development of Artificial Intelligence, AI, Nigeria was in the throes of regular and consistent assault by the purveyors of corruption and large-scale theft of public funds. The records are there […]
Enhancing the Role of EITI in Fighting Corruption: The Nigerian Experience.
By Dr. Matthew Ayibakuro Since its establishment in June 2003, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) has made considerable progress in addressing key governance issues in the extractive sector. The EITI Standard – outlining key requirements for the good governance of oil, gas and mineral resources – is currently being implemented in the 52-member countries of EITI. At a basic […]