World Bank Session: CCDI, UW to Highlight Challenges of Oil Theft in Nigeria

Sunday Okobi

The Centre for Convention on Democratic Integrity (CCDI), a non-governmental organisation operating in Nigeria and Maryland, United States, with United Nations Consultative Status and University of Washington will jointly hold a session on ‘Sustainable Energy Security in Nigeria: Issues, Challenges and Prospects’, during the spring meetings of World Bank and IMF Boards of Governors meetings that will hold between April 15 and 20, in Washington DC, United States.

In the statement jointly issued by the Permanent Representative of CCDI, Olufemi Aduwo, and Professor Dan Schwart, a director of Clean Energy, University of Washington, the objectives are to highlight the challenges of oil theft and international dimension, and how to tackle this menace and the prospects available to potential investors.

Also, the Nigerian-American and the current Deputy Secretary of Treasury, United States, Wally Adeyemo, will deliver a keynote message at the session.

Aduwo added that the mission of CCDI is to ensure that the world remains an unparalleled community of freedom, peace, security, and shared values, including individual liberty, human rights, democracy, and the rule of law.

According to him, “We are united in our commitment to the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations on the three main pillars: Peace and Security, Rights and Sustainable Development.”

He said since 2012, the organisation has organised sessions during World Bank and IMF Boards of Governors meetings also at United Nations in New York on global and regional socio-political issues.

Commenting on the lingering crisis between Russia and Ukraine, the representative of the organisation claimed it submitted letter and met with the director-general, United Nations Office at Geneva on how the war could be curbed, noting that the global economic progress is faltering.

He added: “The uncertainty caused by COVID-19 ,Russia invasion of Ukraine, dramatic shifts in international trade, and political upheaval have left many disillusioned and triggered social tension, worsened inequality across the world, and a more urgent need to foster cooperation is urgently needed.

Aduwo said regardless the global economy situation in Nigeria, all hands must be on deck to resolve the crisis and other the major issues. “The government must tackle corruption and end stealing with impunity among government officials which include elected officials and top civil servants,” he stated.

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