The commitments made under this area includes:


ANTI-CORRUPTION

COMMITMENT 6: To establish a Public Central Register of Beneficial Owners of companies

 Lead MDA: Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC)

Responsible person(s): Bello Mahmud [Registrar General]; Alhaji Garba Abubakar [Director, Compliance]; Muniru Umar Wambai [Director, Finance] CAC and NEITI completed consultation with stakeholders on the implementation of beneficial ownership register and CAC developed new annual returns forms that require companies filing annual returns to provide information about the beneficial owners of the company. CSOs like CISLAC continued to provide research and knowledge support for the process of establishing beneficial ownership; hosting a multi stakeholder dialogue and built capacity of other CSOs on beneficial ownership. They published a research on the legal framework and factsheet on beneficial ownership. The details of implementation of specific activities are as follows:

Milestone 35: CAC to commence consultations, workshops and process of establishment of Register of Beneficial Ownership.

Lead MDAs: PEBEC, FMITI, NESG

Start-Finish Date: October 2017 to October 2019

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • This has been done with a government team undertaking a study of the UK Beneficial Ownership Register. The report of the study team was reviewed by stakeholders during focused group discussions.
  • CAC completed consultation with stakeholders on the implementation of Beneficial Ownership Register
  • Following the consultation, CAC proposed a bill to repeal and re-enact the CAMA Bill, a database of Beneficial Owners will be managed by CAC and will be integrated with data from BPP, NEITI and FIRS.
  • CAC has redesigned the Annual Returns Forms to enable companies comply with the disclosure of information on beneficial owners and has submitted funding proposals in the 2018 budget

Milestone 36: Capacity Building on Beneficial Ownership for public officials, civil society and investigative journalists.

Lead MDAs: NEITI, CISLAC, PWYP

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to December 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • CISLAC organised a collaborative advocacy meeting to CAC and with other stakeholders, held 2 capacity-building workshops for CSOs on Beneficial Ownership, developed and disseminated a BO factsheets, held multi stakeholder dialogue on Beneficial Ownership, commissioned research, validated outcome and published BO legal framework in Nigeria.
  • NEITI maintained a series trainings and public symposiums on the BO.

Milestone 37: Establishment of Beneficial Register designed according to Open data standards.

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to December 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • Template for collection of beneficial ownership data has been designed and is now being issued to companies making annual returns to CAC.
  • NITDA met with CAC on technology needs of the CAC.

Milestone 38: Regular update of the Register using innovative technology.

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to December 2019

Status: PENDING

Last Updated: June 2018


Milestone 39: Dissemination of Information on Beneficial Ownership.

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to December 2019

Status: PENDING

Last Updated: June 2018


Milestone 40: Establish clear rules on beneficial ownership, constitute coordinating committee with CAC and NEITI as lead organizations.

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to December 2019

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

COMMITMENT 7: Establish a platform for sharing information among Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs), National Security Adviser (NSA) and financial sector regulators to detect, prevent and disrupt corrupt practices.

 Lead MDA: Federal Ministry of Justice

Responsible person(s): Abubakar Malami [Honorable Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice] The inter-agency coordination for the implementation of National Anti-Corruption Strategy (NACS) has been constituted and a hotline is being set up in the Ministry of Justice. The details of implementation of specific activities are as follows:

Milestone 41: Set up a technology aided platform for sharing information.

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: PENDING

Last Updated: June 2018


Milestone 42: Regularly update the platform.

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: PENDING

Last Updated: June 2018


Milestone 43: Set up the Inter-agency committee to co-ordinate the activities of Anti-Corruption Agencies (ACAs) on information sharing to fight corruption.

Lead MDAs: Presidency, FMOJ, ARMU, TUGAR

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • An action plan was developed for the implementation of the NACS and will be validated and adopted before the end of the first quarter.
  • The Inter-Ministerial Committee for the implementation of NACS will be inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari

Milestone 44: Establish and regularly update database of blacklisted and Convicted Companies and persons.

Lead MDAs: Presidency, SGF, BPP

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to JUNE 2019

Status: PENDING

Last Updated: June 2018

COMMITMENT 8: To strengthen Nigeria’s asset recovery legislation including non-conviction based confiscation powers and the introduction of unexplained wealth orders.

 Lead MDA: Federal Ministry of Justice

Responsible person(s): AbubakarMalami (SAN) [Honorable Attorney General of the Federation] The Asset Recovery and Management Unit which also serves as the secretariat of the National Anti-corruption Strategy was set up in the Ministry of Justice to coordinate asset recovery and implementation of NACS. A central asset recovery account was set up with the Central Bank of Nigeria to receive local and international recoveries. A presidential committee is currently auditing all recoveries and their report is expected to be made public soon. ANEEJ led CSO participation in the negotiation of agreement for the return of recovered $321m Abacha loot. The final agreement includes the historic CSO monitoring of utilisation of recovered assets; a first time CSOs are being included in a return of stolen asset agreement in the world. Nigeria fully participated in the Global Forum on Asset Recovery (GFAR) hosted the US and UK Government in Washington DC in December 2017. Nigeria presented a CSO Country Report on Asset Recovery at the Forum. Also, Nigeria received GBP78m from the UK Government as part of recoveries from the Malabu Oil Scandal. Several anti-corruption strengthening bills like the Proceeds of Crime Bills continue to work its way through the legislature. The Senate passed the Proceeds of Crime (POCA) Bill and is awaiting passage by the House of Representatives before it is signed into law. The details of implementation of specific activities are as follows:

Milestone 45: Enactment of the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The bill has been passed by the Senate, awaiting passage by the House of Representatives. CSOs were encouraged to carry out advocacy for the passage of this important piece of legislation.

Milestone 46: Capacity building for the ACAs to implement non-conviction based asset forfeiture regime

Lead MDAs: ARMU, FMOJ, ANEEJ

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • This commitment is dependent on passing POCA into law.
  • Asset Management Unit held a capacity building training on Asset Management for the following ACAs in 2017 –CBN, FIRS, TUGAR, ICPC, EFCC, NDLEA, Customs, Foreign Affairs Ministry, CCB, Police, FMOJ, Legislature, Judiciary, SCMUL, PACAC –with over 100 participants. Another retreat on Asset Management for ACAs is planned for May 2018. The Justice Reform Team in the Ministry of Justice is carrying out a series of training for ACAs.
  • ANEEJ organised 2 training workshops on 2nd UNCAC review circle in Nigeria and the implementation of OGP in Nigeria for media and civil society in Lagos and Abuja.

Milestone 47: Federal Ministry of Justice to develop guidelines for transparent management of recovered assets pending the enactment of the law.

Lead MDAs: ARMU, FMOJ

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to June 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The newly established Asset Recovery Management Unit/National Anti-Corruption Strategy is working on this guideline. A central account was established with the CBN for local and international recoveries.

Milestone 48: Monthly publication of reports of the recovered assets and utilization.

Lead MDAs: ARMU

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to JUNE 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • An audit committee set up by the President is currently verifying recovered asset and the audit report will be made public.
  • ANEEJ published a CSO report on Asset Recovery ahead of the Global Forum on Asset Recovery in December 2014 in Washington DC.

Milestone 49: Deploy a framework for CSO monitoring of the procedure for recovery and utilization of recovered assets.

Lead MDAs: FMOJ, ARMU

Start-Finish Date: March 2017 to June 2019

Status: PENDING

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • This is contained in Nigeria’s agreement with Switzerland for the management of returned Abacha Loot.
  • The Anti-Corruption technical Committee should include this into their responsibilities.

COMMITMENT 9: Commit to taking appropriate actions to co-ordinate anti-corruption activities; improve integrity, transparency and accountability.

 Lead MDA: Federal Ministry of Justice

Responsible person(s): Mrs Juliet Ibekaku [Special Adviser to the President on Justice Reform]; Mrs Ladidi Baratu [Assistant Director, FMOJ] The Federal Government approved the harmonised national Anti-Corruption Strategy and the inter-ministerial committee will be set up soon. The Asset Recovery and Management Unit in the Federal Ministry of Justice, serves as the secretariat for the implementation of NACS. Aside submission of the Whistleblower Bill to the National Assembly, the government followed up with a Whistleblower Policy managed by the Ministry of Finance and the Asset Recovery Management Unit (ARMU) pending passage of the bill into law. The details of implementation of specific activities are as follows:

Milestone 50: To set up a cabinet committee to coordinate anti-corruption efforts of government and provide national accountability on the implementation of anti-corruption strategy.

Lead MDAs: FMOJ, ARMU, OGP Secretariat

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to July 2019

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The Federal Executive Council approved the National Anti-Corruption Strategy Document.
  • An inter-Ministerial Committee to be inaugurated by the President soon

Milestone 51: To Join the international Sports Integrity Partnership

Lead MDAs: Ministry of Sports

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to July 2019

Status: PENDING

Last Updated: June 2018


Milestone 52: To launch a Practitioner Partnership on Institutional Integrity in the Public and Private Sector with special emphasis on the extractives, health, education, professional bodies, anti-corruption institutions and infrastructure development.

Lead MDAs: FMOJ NESG

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to July 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018


Milestone 53: To adopt the National Anti-Corruption Strategy, working closely with CSOs.

Lead MDAs: FMOJ

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to JULY 2019

Status: COMPLETED

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The Federal Executive Council approved the National Anti-Corruption Strategy and set up the secretariat at the Federal Ministry of Justice to coordinate implementation of the strategy

Milestone 54: To create an innovation hub that will facilitate the uptake of new approaches and technologies to tackle corruption and improve access to information.

Lead MDAs: FMOJ

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to July 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The Federal Ministry of Justice is currently developing the platforms for innovative hubs.

Milestone 55: Introduction and passage of the Whistleblowers Act.

Lead MDAs: FMOJ, National Assembly, ANEEJ, CISLAC, CentreLSD

Start-Finish Date: January 2017 to July 2019

Status: UNDERWAY

Last Updated: June 2018

Other Details:

  • The Whistleblowers Bill is being considered by the National Assembly. Pending passage of the bill, the Federal Executive Council approved the Whistleblower policy which is managed by the Federal Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Finance reported that N7.8bn, $368m, and £27,800 have been recovered through this policy.

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