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- Published on Wednesday, 05 January 2011 08:27
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NIGERIA has become the 53rd country to sign the United Nations (UN) agreement on the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA). IACA is a UN-related body set up as the focal point for international cooperation and coordination in the fight against corruption.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the Nigerian Attorney-General and the Minister of Justice, Mohammed Adoke, signed the agreement on behalf of the Federal Government in Vienna, Austria.
A statement from the Nigeria’s Permanent Mission in Vienna, which was made available to NAN in London, quoted the minister as saying that the agreement was an evidence of Nigeria’s commitment to the attainment of zero tolerance for corruption.
“Although Nigeria had established an effective institution such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) in the fight against corruption, Nigeria will take advantage of the opportunities presented by the academy as a centre of training and academic research,” the minister said.
Also, the chairman of IACA International Steering Committee, Martin Kreutner, who signed on behalf of the academy, said he was delighted with Nigeria’s membership.
He said the academy would support Nigeria in its fight against corruption.
NAN reported that the mandate of IACA included anti-corruption research, education and training and provision of relevant technical assistance in the fight against corruption.
The academy has its headquarters in Vienna, Austria.