World Bank Blacklists 58 Nigerian Companies, Individuals Over Corruption Evidences

by Ohepo Ohepo

The World Bank has recently taken a significant step in its ongoing efforts to combat corruption and uphold integrity in its projects and operations. It has blacklisted 58 Nigerian companies and individuals for engaging in corrupt practices. This action includes 39 Nigerian companies previously debarred by the African Development Bank (AfDB), along with 19 individuals identified by the World Bank under the cross-debarment policy.

These sanctions have rendered the implicated entities ineligible to participate in projects and operations financed by institutions of the World Bank Group. The World Bank regularly updates the list of blacklisted entities, with the current total standing at 1,210 companies and individuals globally.

The sanctions were imposed following an administrative process conducted by the World Bank. This process allowed the accused firms and individuals to respond to the allegations. It adhered to the Bank’s procedures for sanctions proceedings and settlements in bank-financed projects.

Cross-debarment, enforced in accordance with the Agreement for Mutual Enforcement of Debarment Decisions, involves multiple international financial institutions, including the World Bank, AfDB, Asian Development Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and Inter-American Development Bank.

In addition to debarment, the Bank may apply other actions to firms and individuals found in violation of its policies. The prohibited conduct leading to debarment is defined in the applicable Procurement or Consultant Guidelines, as well as in the World Bank Procurement Regulations for Investment Project Financing Borrowers.

These actions by the World Bank underscore its commitment to combating corruption and promoting accountability in development projects, ensuring that funds are used effectively for the benefit of the people.

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