The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the European Union (EU) and the US Embassy are partnering with the government of Nigeria on the platform of the Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) consisting of 22 government agencies with Anti-Corruption and accountability mandates to commemorate the 2016 International Anti-Corruption Day.
A series of activities have been outlined to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day 2016. These include the Roundtable discussion focusing on the theme “Corruption: An Impediment to the Sustainable Development Goals” organized at the United States Embassy Abuja on 8th December 201; High Level Interactive Seminar taking placeat the Sheraton Hotel, Abuja featuring a keynote address by the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and other interactive sessions on burning national issues within the anti-corruption agenda.
A key component of the High Level Interactive Seminar is the panel discussion where Heads of key anti-corruption agencies are expected to present their score cards as they engage the public on the topics: “Preventing Corruption: Closing doors to illicit activities” and “Reducing Impunity: Recovery of Proceeds of Crime for Sustainable Development”. The grand finale of the schools’ debate and anti-corruption arts competition for the youth will also be showcased at the event.
Corruption is a common subject of discourse among individuals from all works of life and strata of the society. The cardinal objective of the International Anti-Corruption Day – IACD is to increase awareness on issues of corruption in Nigeria, and to promote debate on its manifestations, effects and remedies.
The UN agencies in Nigeria have since 2009 supported Nigeria in promoting global public campaigns to mark the International Anti-Corruption Day and make it a powerful day of action against corruption.