Osinbajo goes to Paris for anti-corruption forum

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday departed the country to attend the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD’s Anti-Corruption and Integrity Forum holding in Paris tomorrow, Thursday and Friday.

According to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mr. Laolu Akande, the vice-president who is one of the speakers left Nigeria after participating in the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Akande said the forum brings together global leaders, government ministers, business leaders and civil society representatives across the globe.

He said participants would discuss issues “including the cost to society of corruption, the use of political donations to buy influence, developments in corporate liability for graft, and the role of export controls to counter bribery.”

He said the forum was called based on the organisers’ concern that “corruption and abuse of public office are a blight on democracies and a drain on public finances and with trust in government flagging,”

The statement read, “During the conference, Prof. Osinbajo would hold bilateral talks with the Secretary-General of the organisation, Angel Gurria, to review and explore relationship between Nigeria and the body including how to further strengthen mutual cooperation in the areas such as good governance, integrity and anti-corruption efforts.

“Founded in 1961, OECD’s mission includes the attainment of global economic development through supporting sustainable economic growth, boosting employment, raising living standards, contributing to the growth of world trade and maintaining financial stability among other objectives.

“While in Paris, the Vice President will also hold a number of meetings with the French Minister Mr. Bernard Cazeneuve. He is expected back in Abuja by weekend.”

Source: African Spotlight