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Nigeria: Corruption

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 22 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what recent discussions he has had with the Nigerian Government about tackling corruption in that country. (248544)

My right hon. Friend the Foreign Secretary and my noble Friend the Minister of State for Africa, Asia and the UN, Lord Malloch-Brown, both discussed corruption with the Nigerian Foreign Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe, when he visited London on 10 December 2008. Our high commissioner and senior officials also continue to raise corruption issues with the Nigerian Government on a regular basis. The Government welcome President Yar’Adua’s public commitment to the rule of law, reform and tackling corruption. We continue to work with the Nigerian Government to build an effective institutional framework to tackle corruption. This includes cross-Whitehall co-operation with the Nigerian authorities to bring individual cases to prosecution.