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Mr Yakubu, the Chief Executive of the Centre for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW), was elected in a highly competitive process in the third round of the preferential vote to emerge as the African representative on the global coalition board.

The United Nations’ anti-corruption and money laundering agency, the Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC), has elected Nigeria’s Umar Yakubu into its board.

Mr Yakubu, who is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Fiscal Transparency and Integrity Watch (CeFTIW), was elected in the third round of the preferential vote as the African representative on the board of the global coalition.

UNCAC is a network of over 350 civil society organisations (CSOs) in over 100 countries and is committed to promoting the ratification, implementation and monitoring of the UN Convention against Corruption.

The Coalition was established in August 2006 with its headquarters in Vienna. It mobilises civil society actions for UNCAC at international, regional and national levels.

“Over the years, the Centre has continued to champion advocacies to entrench the culture of transparency and integrity in the nation’s public sector. It has also deployed technological solutions to promote accountability in the nation’s fight against corruption and strengthening of the criminal justice system,” a statement announcing the election, said.

It also added that the election would bolster the Centre’s resolve to combat corruption and promote good governance in Nigeria and across the sub-Saharan African sub-region.

It looks forward to working with other board members and global anti-corruption crusaders in the fight against corruption in whatever form, especially in the region.

Mr Yakubu, in his new role, will take part in providing policy coordination and oversight of the work of the Secretariat; overseeing the development and implementation of the Coalition’s strategy.

He will also take part in promoting the activities and projects of the Coalition, and helping to identify funding opportunities; communicating positions of the Coalition to wider public audiences; within sub-Saharan African.

Certified crime fighter

An economist and certified financial crime fighter, Mr Yakubu, cut his teeth in the anti-corruption fight as a detective at the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission [EFCC] where he rose quickly at the Special Control Unit against Money Laundering unit of the agency, otherwise called SCUML.