BACKGROUND TO MANTRA PROJECT
Corruption is a major problem in Nigeria and is largely responsible for widespread poverty and underdevelopment. According to the UN and the AU, around $148 billion is stolen from Africa annually by politically exposed persons, multinational corporations, the business elite and civil servants with complicity of banking and property industries in Europe, North America and elsewhere. Moderate estimates indicate that Nigeria lost about $40 billion as illicit financial flows between 2001 and 2010 alone. Transparency International (TI), recently ranked Nigeria 148th out of 180 countries ranked in its 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI). The country, according to the CPI, scored 28 out of 100, a figure lower than the average in the Sub-Saharan region.
The Federal Government of Nigeria, working with the international community and has shown considerable commitments and determination to trace, track and repatriate looted assets to countries of origin to finance development. Progress has been made in this regard. The Switzerland Government, as per the MoU signed by the Nigeria Government with the Swiss bank and the World Bank, has returned $321 million to Nigeria as part of the over $4 billion stolen by late dictator, General Sani Abacha. The UK has equally returned $73 million of the Malabu oil deal and more of such loot have been returned and others are still being negotiated.
ANEEJ is currently implementing the Monitoring of recovered Assets in Nigeria through Transparency and Accountability (MANTRA) project which is being supported by the British Department for International Department (DFID) as part of its wider Anti-Corruption in Nigeria (ACORN) Programme.
Consequently, ANEEJ seeks the services of a consultant to undertake a Scoping Study that would establish baseline data/information which would be used to monitor progress and results of the project.
For details, click on this link: Consultancy for Scoping Study – Call for Applications