Just In: AfDB Board Reiterates Its Support For Akin Adesina, Stands By The Board Of Ethics Report, Rejecting Calls For Further Investigation.

by on June 5, 2020

A communique issued on Thursday by the African Development Bank reinforced the agency’s support of Akin Adesina, the Bank’s President.

Adesina had previously been issued a 16-fold accusation list by anonymous whistle blowers, —including charges of corruption and favouritism— all of which he was cleared of.

The release, signed by Chairperson, Board of Governors of AfDB Group, Mrs. Niale Kaba, said the Board reiterated it’s stand by the Ethics Committee report that vindicated President Adesina, and rejected renewed calls for an independent investigation. The AfDB board further authorized a review of committee report by an individual of global repute to carry everyone along.

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The Communique Reads:

a) The bureau reiterates that it agrees that the Ethics Commitee of the Boards of Directors performed it’s role on this matter in accordance with the applicable role under Resolution B/BG/2008/11 of the Board of Governors.

b) The Bureau also reiterates that the chairperson of the board of governors performed her role in accepting the findings of the Ethics Commitee in accordance with the said resolution.

c) However based on the views of some governors on the matter and the need to carry every governor along in resolving it, the bill agreed to authorise 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.

d) The independent review shall be conducted by a neutral high-caliber individual with unquestionable experience high international reputation and integrity within a short time period of not more than 2 to 4 weeks maximum taking the bank group’s electoral calendar into account.

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e) 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’s groups whistleblowing and complaints handling policy should be conducted with a view to ensuring that the policy is properly implemented and revising it when necessary to avoid situations of this nature in the future.

Signed: Chairperson of the Bureau of the Board of Governors of the African Development Bank group.

Mrs. Niale Kaba.

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