Corruption: CDD tasks anti-graft agencies in Africa on illicit asset recovery

The Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) has urged anti-corruption agencies across the continent on illicit asset recovery as there is still much more, domestically and internationally, to be traced and recovered.

The Director of the Centre, Idayat Hassan who noted this at the just concluded inter-agency Task Team (IATT) African Anti-corruption Day 2023 in Abuja, with the support of Macarthur foundation, UNODC and CDD, said fighting corruption requires consistent and sustained work on various fronts and adopting innovative strategies to meet the ever-expanding corruption typologies and taxonomies.

Hassan who was represented by CDD Research Analyst, Afolabi Adekaiyoja said the dangers of relapsing or losing the gains made are high if states do not work concertedly and persistently to sustain the fight.

The theme of this year is “African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption (AUCPCC),20 years after: Achievement and prospects”.

She also assured CDD’s commitment to remain a dedicated partner and stakeholder in efforts to suppress corruption in Africa.

Also, Head, Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-corruption Reforms (TUGAR), Mrs Jane Onwumere explained that this event comes at an auspicious time as we are undergoing the review of implementation of the AUCPCC after having gone through two cycles of review of our implementation of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the UNCAC.

“This gives us an opportunity to evaluate our level of implementation of the Convention, our successes, challenges and lessons learned to determine what more needs to be done locally on one hand, and what other Member States need to jointly address, for better cooperation,” She said.

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