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AfDB Governors Authorize Independent Review of Allegation Against Adesina

AfDB Governors Authorize Independent Review of Allegation Against Adesina

The Bureau of the Boards of Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has said that based on the views of some Governors on the whistle-blowers’ complaint against Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, and the need to carry every Governor along in resolving the crisis rocking the Bank, it has agreed to authorize an Independent Review of the Report of the Ethics Committee of the Boards of Directors.

This is in relation to the allegations considered by the Ethics Committee and the submissions made by the President of the Bank Group thereto in the interest of due process.

Chairperson of the Bureau of the Boards of Governors of AfDB Group, Ms Niale Kaba, made this known in a communique after the meeting of their Group on Thursday.

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According to her, “the Bureau reiterates that it agrees that the Ethics Committee of the Boards of Directors performed its role on this matter in accordance with the applicable rule under resolution B/BG/2008/11 of the Boards of Governors.

“The Bureau also reiterates that the Chairperson of the Bureau of Governors performed her role in accepting the findings of the Ethics Committee in accordance with the said Resolution.

Ms Kaba, explained that the Independent Review shall be conducted by a neutral high calibre individual with unquestionable experience, high international reputation and integrity within a short time period of not more than two to four weeks maximum, taking the Bank Group’s electoral calendar into account.

“The Bureau agrees that, within a three to six months period and following the independent review of the Ethics Committee Report, an independent comprehensive review of the implementation of the Bank Group’s Whistle-Blowing and Complaints Handling Policy should be conducted with a view to ensuring that the Policy is properly implemented and revising it where necessary, to avoid situations of this nature in the future,” she said.

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