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EU, Nigeria sign 35 million euro accord on corruption

The European Union reiterates their commitment to financing projects in fields of justice, anti-corruption and drugs in Africa's most populous - and arguably most corrupt - nation

AFP , Tuesday 20 Mar 2012
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Nigeria and the European Union have signed a 35 million euro ($46 million) deal to finance the fight against corruption in Africa's most populous nation, according to an official statement.

The agreement was jointly signed late Monday by Nigeria's National Planning Minister Shamsuddeen Usman and the Head of Delegation of the European Union to Nigeria David MacRae, the international body said in the statement.

The EU delegation stated its commitment to finance three projects with a value of 98 million euros in the fields of justice, anti-corruption and drugs.

The statement, issued in Abuja, did not give further details.

The projects will be implemented by the UN Office on Drug and Crime, the statement said.

"The overall objective of these three projects is to promote good governance and contribute to Nigeria's efforts in enhancing transparency, accountability and combating corruption, contributing to the reform of the justice sector and addressing drug-related issues," the statement said.

Nigeria, Africa's largest oil producer, is regularly ranked among the most corrupt countries in the world.

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