Nigeria: AfDB Board Commends Panel That Cleared Adesina

30 July 2020

The Bureau of the Board of the Governors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) has commended the members of the High-level Panel of Independent Review, which reviewed the report of the Ethics Committee of the Boards of Directors of the AfDB on the whistleblowers' complaint against the President of the AfDB Group, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, "for its work and for working tirelessly to ensure timely submission of its report."

The bureau noted that the panel's report has affirmed the integrity of the bank and its governance mechanism.

The panel, which was constituted on July 1, 2020, and given between two and four weeks to complete its work submitted on Tuesday its report that affirmed the innocence of Adesina on all count charges.

The panel, which was chaired by a former President of Ireland, Mrs. Mary Robinson, had the Chief Justice of Gambia, Justice Hassan B. Jallow and the President of LFMcCarthy and Associates, Mr. Leonard F. McCarthy, as members.

The bureau, in a communiqué it issued on Wednesday, a copy of which THISDAY obtained yesterday, highlighted the panel's conclusion, which concurred with the findings of the ethics committee "in respect of the allegations against the president and finds that they were properly considered and dismissed by the committee."

The communiqué was signed by the bureau's chairperson, the Minister of Planning and Development, Republic of Cote d'Ivoire, Ms. Niale Kaba.

The bureau also noted the panel's conclusion regarding the submission of Adesina to the ethics committee that "it has considered the president's submissions on their face and finds them consistent with his innocence and to be persuasive."

The bureau expressed its appreciation to all governors for "their support and patience during this process that was aimed at ensuring the integrity of the AfDB and its governance mechanisms."

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