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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Wednesday left Nigeria for to Paris, France to attend the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD’s Anti-Corruption & Integrity Forum.

The forum opens on Friday 30 March and ends on 31 March.

Participants will discuss how  “corruption and abuse of public office are a blight on democracies and a drain on public finances,” making public  trust in government flag.

According to Laolu Akande, the spokesman to the vice president, the OECD forum brings together global leaders, Government ministers, business leaders and civil society representatives.

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They will discuss issues “including the cost to society of corruption, the use of political donations to buy influence, developments in corporate liability for graft, and the role of export controls to counter bribery.”

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He said the vice president, who is one of the speakers at the global conference, left Abuja after participating in the Federal Executive Council meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.

On the sidelines of the conference, Mr Osinbajo would hold bilateral talks with the secretary-general of the organization, Angel Gurria to review and explore relationship between Nigeria and the body including how to further strengthen mutual cooperation in the areas such as good governance, integrity and anti-corruption efforts.

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Founded in 1961, OECD’s mission includes the attainment of global economic development through supporting sustainable economic growth, boosting employment, raising living standards, contributing to the growth of world trade and maintaining financial stability among other objectives.

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While in Paris, the Vice President will also hold a number of meetings with the French Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve.

He is expected back in Abuja by weekend.

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