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Leaders' Statement

David Ugolor

Executive Director

Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ)

Nigeria, Africa

Bio

David Ugolor is the Executive Director of Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) and also the Senior Advisor on Corruption and Governance to Africa Bar Association (ABA). He has two Master degree on Agricultural Economics and Corruption and Governance, from the University of Benin and the University of Sussex with over two decade experience in anti-corruption work in Nigeria. He was the founding Chairman of the leading anti-corruption coalition of over 200 NGOs in Nigeria, the Publish What You Pay Nigeria Campaign and also former board members of Africa Network and Forum on Debt and Development (AFRODAD). He has participated and facilitated several seminar and training on corruption both in Nigeria and internationally. He was the facilitator of the side event on UNCAC at the United Nations Conference on Financing for Development in Monterrey, Mexico in 2002.

Statement

Participation of Civil Society in Asset Recovery Process

In line with the UNCAC Chapter V framework it is very important that civil society should be involve in the assets recovery process to ensure that the recovered asset are used for projects that will promote sustainable development.

The case of recovered asset in Nigeria have confirmed the need to prioritise transparency and accountability in the asset recovery process to avoid misuse of the recovered assets.

In 2004/5 the Nigeria Government recovered Abacha Loot stashed in Switzerland and, because there was no transparent and accountable national framework and absence of coherent monitoring mechanism, most of the recovered assets were not properly accounted for.

We at the Africa Network for Environment and Economic Justice (ANEEJ) call on the UK Summit on Corruption to

  • Support a transparent and accountable framework for asset recovery process;
  • Support an independent civil society monitoring and participation in the Asset Recovery Process;
  • Support public disclosure of all communication around asset recovery with the Country's parliament to ensure effective engagement of all stakeholders; and
  • Support guidelines and procedure that will give opportunities for the victims to participate in the selection of the projects to be supported with the recovered assets.

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