Public Policy, Governance & Anti-corruption

Public Policy & Governance are among the key areas of specialization for which our firm is known. Our Public Policy & Governance team is highly experienced and ensures that our advisory services support client compliance with money laundering and related anti-corruption requirements. The team has at various times worked on researching and producing corruption prevention tools. Our team helped to develop the first extant corruption risk assessment methodology for Nigeria. Our personnel have led the conduct of corruption risk assessment in the Port Sector and the Millennium Development Goals sectors of Health, Education and Water in Nigeria. Each of these exercises has developed an integrity plan and specific measures to improve system integrity for the subject sectors. We have advised businesses on compliance with money laundering and related anti-corruption regimes and in developing proactive compliance systems.

The team has on behalf of a client conducted surveys and produced reports in five volumes capturing and analyzing public financial management and related anti-corruption and governance initiatives at Federal level and in 26 States in Nigeria. See This included a scoping study of anti-corruption initiatives in public finance at the federal level in Nigeria and in six States selected from the six geopolitical zones. In another project report, we reviewed all existing anti-corruption measures including laws, regulations, rules, initiatives, programmes, examining their compatibility with international instruments to which Nigeria is signatory; the United Nations Convention Against Corruption, the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating of Corruption, and the Economic Community of West African States Protocol on the Fight against Corruption. This was the first three level compliance study of its kind conducted in Africa. In two other volumes, our work examined the same systems in additional 20 of the 36 States of the federation. Also our personnel have worked with international support to produce a comprehensive tool for evaluation of performance of anti-corruption Agencies in Nigeria, and provided advisory support to various agencies including the legislature on corruption prevention, education and detection. Reports produced in the course of these activities have become standard references on Nigerian anti-corruption systems for policy makers, international observers, local institutions and citizens alike. We continue to support client businesses, international and local organizations to develop related corruption prevention and monitoring systems, and regularly support internal investigations and development of needed tools.

Our personnel were members of the African Model FOI law drafting team that researched and drafted the Model FOI law for Africa for the African Union Human Rights Commission. The model law which was adopted by the African Human Rights Commission has influenced the emergence of FOI laws in over ten African countries.

Our team developed the first ever Freedom of Information Proactive Disclosure Manual; and Framework for developing an Information Action Centre in Nigeria, developed and implemented learning programs on the Freedom of Information Act 2011 within Nigeria including implementing similar programs for Senior Judges of Superior Courts of Record, Sharia Courts of Appeal and Customary Courts of Appeal through the National Judicial Institute.