Nigeria’s Anti-Corruption Agenda: Center to Present Nigeria’s UNCAC Implementation Monitoring Framework

As part of its efforts to mobilize stakeholders to commit to the nation’s full domestication of United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), the Center for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW) is set to present a civil society’s monitoring mechanism that will guide government’s implementation.

Since Nigeria signed the Convention on 9th of December 2003 and subsequent ratification on 24th of October, 2004, the country has made significant efforts to implement the provisions of the convention, including undergoing two (2) review cycles in 2014 and 2019. These reviews particularly point to substantial compliance with some of the pillars of the Convention, especially criminalization, law enforcement and asset recovery.

However, there is a concern with the country’s implementation of the preventive pillar of the convention; how the gains achieved with the aforementioned pillars have not translated to prevention of corruption in the nation’s public lives for a robust anti-corruption regime remains an issue of interest for stakeholders.

This monitoring framework is therefore designed to provide a comprehensive and independent analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of Nigeria’s anti-corruption framework, as well as to identify the gaps and challenges in the implementation of the UNCAC. The report also proposes concrete and actionable recommendations for enhancing the effectiveness, transparency and inclusiveness of the UNCAC review process and follow-up monitoring.

The framework will be presented at a stakeholder dialogue that will bring together representatives from the government, civil society, private sector, media and international partners to discuss the findings and recommendations of the report, and to explore ways to strengthen Nigeria’s anti-corruption agenda in line with the UNCAC and the homegrown National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS).

The workshop, supported by the MacArthur Foundation, is part of the Center’s commitment to advancing the UNCAC implementation in Nigeria, and it’s also given our position as the sub-Saharan Africa representative on the board of the United Nations Convention against Corruption Coalition (UNCAC), which is a global network of over 350 civil society organizations (CSOs) in over 100 countries committed to promoting the ratification, implementation and monitoring of the UNCAC.

We believe that this framework will raise awareness and foster dialogue on the UNCAC and its review mechanism, enhance the capacity and participation of civil society in the UNCAC review process, and to advocate for the implementation of the UNCAC recommendations and commitments.

The workshop is scheduled to hold on the 6tjh of February, 2024 at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Center, Abuja Nigeria by 9.00am prompt.


Victor Agi

Public Relations Lead

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