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US, Nigeria discuss elections, corruption

17 February 2014, 16:02

Abuja -  Maintaining strong bilateral relations and fighting corruption locally are topping the agenda of the United States-Nigeria Binational Commission (BNC) meeting taking place in Abuja.

The event will also explore the general election Nigeria is scheduled to hold next year.

United States Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, is leading a US delegation to the meeting.

According United States Embassy in Abuja, the Governance, Transparency, and Integrity Working Group would look toward the continued integration of civil society into the electoral process prior to the 2015 national elections, which will mark another milestone building upon Nigeria’s last elections.

Among the aims of the BNC is to support the establishment of benchmarks for transparent and inclusive elections.

“On governance issues, corruption is a potential impediment to effective governance and economic development in Nigeria.  Through the BNC, we aim jointly to improve Nigeria’s capacity to fight corruption,” the Embassy said.

Former US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Yayale Ahmed, inaugurated the U.S.-Nigeria Binational Commission in Washington in 2010.

The commission allows for dialogue and strategic thinking designed to expand mutual cooperation across a broad range of shared interests.

It is also a collaborative forum to build partnerships for tangible and measurable progress on issues critical to the US and Nigeria.

The Embassy added that participation in the commission meeting reflects the commitment of the United States and Nigeria to their strong bilateral relationship.

“The United States supports the aspirations of the Nigerian people for a peaceful, prosperous, stable, and democratic future,” stated the Embassy.

– CAJ News

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