AfDB urges independent probe for Adesina

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THE Bureau of Board of Governors of the African Development Bank Group has approved an independent investigation of the allegations against the President of the Bank, Akinwumi Adesina.

The decision, taken at the meeting of the Bureau yesterday regarding the whistle-blowers’ complaints against Mr Adesina, is in deference to the demand by the U.S. government that a fresh and in-depth investigation be conducted into the allegations against him, using an independent investigator.

In a meeting held today, the ethics committee of the continental bank, headed by Takuji Yano, absolved Mr Adesina of all the allegations described it as “spurious and unfounded”.

Mr Yano is a Japanese executive director charged with the responsibility of investigating allegations by some concerned employees against the Bank’s president.

It will be recalled that despite the position of Ethics Committee body, the United States government expressed “deep reservations about the integrity of the committee’s process” and called for a fresh “in-depth investigation of the allegations” using an independent investigator.

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At the end of its meeting yesterday, the Bureau of Board of Governors issued a communiqué, agreeing with the U.S authorised an independent review of the ethic committee’s report.

  The communiqué, signed by the Chairperson of the Bureau of the Board of Governors, Niale Kaba, reads,

  “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 Board of   Governors.

 “The Bureau also reiterates that the Chairperson of the Bureau of the Board of

Governors performed her role in accepting the findings of the Ethics Committee in accordance with the said Resolution.

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“However, based on the views of some Governors on the matter and the need to carry every Governor along in resolving it, the Bureau agrees to authorize an Independent Review of the Report of the Ethics Committee of the Boards of Directors relative 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.

“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 month 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.”

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The AfDB President is yet to react to the latest decisions by the Board of Governors but has repeatedly denied wrongdoing; insisting that they were  trumped up, “and without facts, evidence, and documents, as required by the rules and regulations of the bank.”

Senior Special Assistance to the President on Media, Femi Adeshina had on Tuesday described the African Development Bank Governor as a very honest person that would not soil his personality for any untoward gains.

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