Ezekwesili, Chukwuma, Adio, ex-Blair adviser for ASAP Conference on corruption

Oby Ezekwesili
Oby Ezekwesili, former VP World Bank.

This year’s conference of Academics Stand Against Poverty, an association of academics across the globe, tagged ‘Corruption, Transparency and Accountability in Public and Private Sector Organizations’ will hold on September 6, at the University of Lagos.

Oby Ezekwesili, former education minister and #BringBackOurGirls campaigner; will join other speakers including Innocent Chukwuma, West African Representative, Ford Foundation; Cat Tully, former Adviser to former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair; and Musikilu Mojeed, Editor-in-Chief at PREMIUM TIMES newspaper, to discuss the rampaging corruption in Africa and how to curb it.

Waziri Adio, the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) will deliver the keynote address.

Mrs. Ezekwesili will then speak on the ‘Role of Civil Society,’ while Ms. Tully will talk on ‘Corruption, Development and Sustainable Development Goals.’

Mr. Mojeed will speak on ‘The Media and Investigative Journalism’.

“The theme of this year’s conference reflects the near existential struggle in Africa, between pervasive official corruption and the mainstreaming of poverty on the continent,” said Ismail Ibraheem, a Mass Communication lecturer at UNILAG and Co-Chair of the West Africa arm of ASAP.

“The 2016 ASAP Conference is geared towards stimulating discussions and shared experience on corruption, transparency and accountability in public and private institutions.”

Mr. Ibraheem said ASAP and its global affiliates had been at the forefront of the global effort to promote more transparency and accountability in private and public institutions.

“In the last few years, our work, through one of our affiliates, Global Financial Integrity, led to the publication of the renowned report on Illicit Financial Flow,” said Mr. Ibraheem, a senior lecturer at the University of Lagos.

“The publication instigated the media investigations that led to the release of the globally acclaimed Panama Papers, as well as the publication of Global Tax Fairness by our President, Professor Thomas Pogge, Director of Global Justice Programme at Yale University.

“For this year’s conference, ASAP West Africa expects participants from some key government agencies, the media, civil society groups, funding agencies and members of the academic community.”

ASAP is an organization established in the United States by Thomas Pogge, a Professor of Philosophy at Yale University, to bring together academics from various institutions across the globe with the vision to fight poverty and aid development.

Last year, ahead of the general elections, the group held its inaugural symposium themed ‘Political Campaigns and the Looming Tsunami of Poverty’ to address campaign funding in political parties and its link with corruption.

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