United Kingdom says it is working with Nigeria to fight corruption through the provision of technical assistance and equipment to key agencies fighting financial and economic crimes.
UK Permanent Representative to the UN, Amb. Karen Pierce, said at the Security Council briefing on ‘Corruption and Conflict’ that the two countries were also working to provide public awareness on corruption.
She said UK is a very strong supporter of the UN Convention against Corruption, adding that it had hosted an anti-corruption summit in London with the hope of stepping up global action.
Pierce said: “Asset recovery is a crucial part of efforts to tackle corruption and it’s a fundamental principle of the Convention.
“In 2017, we co-hosted the first Global Forum on Asset Recovery with the USA, the World Bank and UNODC (UN Office on Drugs and Crime).
This forum helped progress arrangements for returning stolen assets of over $300 million to Nigeria.
“Chapter VI of the Convention highlights the importance of technical assistance and information exchange.
“The UK is proud to be working in partnership with several countries to share best practice and develop capacity.
“In Nigeria, we provide technical assistance and equipment to key agencies fighting international and domestic financial and economic crime, and we work to raise public awareness of corruption.’’