Bolaji Owasanoye: All You Should Know About The New ICPC Chairman

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On Tuesday, August 1st, 2017, the  Acting President Yemi Osinbajo appointed Bolaji Owasanoye to succeed Ekpo Nta as Chairman of the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission (ICPC).

Though Bolaji Owasanoye has achieved quite a lot, many know very little or nothing at all about him, thus, Buzz Nigeria brings you facts about the new anti-graft commission boss you should know.

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Bolaji Owasanoye is an erudite Professor of Law. He graduated from the University of Ife,(now Obafemi Awolowo University) Ile-lfe, Nigeria, in 1984 with an LL.B (Hons) Upper Division and was called to the Bar in Nigeria in 1985.

Bolaji Owasanoye

He then proceeded to the University of Lagos in 1986, where he began his career as an Assistant Lecturer.

He bagged a master’s degree in Law (LL.M) from the University of Lagos in 1987 at the age of just 24.

Bolaji Owasanoye also holds the following certificates:

  • Legal Aspects of Debt and Financial Management from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research UNITAR (1991)
  • Legislative Drafting, from the Royal Institute of Public Administration in the UK and the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies 1992
  •  Negotiation of international Trade Agreements from the International Law Institute, Washington, 1995.

In 2001, he became a Professor of Law at the young of  38.

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The new ICPC chairman was Executive Secretary of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) and has been a research professor at the National Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (NIALS) for the past 25 years.

Interestingly,  Bolaji Owasanoye is also women/child rights activist. In 1997, Owasanoye co-founded the Human Development Initiative (HDI), a non-profit organisation with the main objectives of championing human capacity development, especially at the grassroots.

The organisation focuses more on widows, youths, and teenagers – especially in-school adolescents and children in worst forms of labour.



HDI’s mission statement reads: To strengthen vulnerable humans, in society by social development programmes and initiatives that promote equality, justice, solidarity, and opportunities.

His NGO, Human Development Initiative (HDI), has successfully implemented over 50 advocacy projects on human rights, rule of law, governance and anti-corruption.

These include the ‘Stop Impunity Nigeria Campaign’, aimed at eliminating impunity in public finance management; and the ‘LG budget-watch’ designed to tackle corrupt practices at the local government level.

These include the ‘Stop Impunity Nigeria Campaign’, aimed at eliminating impunity in public finance management; and the ‘LG budget-watch’ designed to tackle corrupt practices at the local government level.

He is a consultant to some key agencies such as UNITAR, UNICEF, ILO, and WAIFEM. He is the Executive Editor of the Current Law Review, a journal of the Nigerian Institute of Advanced Legal Studies.

Bolaji Owasanoye is the editor of REPRO-MAT, the Reproductive Rights Newsletter.

During his lecturing days at the University of Lagos, Owasanoye was the Assistant Chaplain at the UNILAG Chapel of Christ our Light. He is also a member of the clergy at the Aso Villa Chapel in the State House Abuja.

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AWARDS

He has won several national and international awards, including the

  • University of Lagos Scholarship Award (1986/1987)
  • UN Institute for Training and Research Fellowship Award (1991, 1994)
  • US Information Service International Visitors Award (1991)
  • British Council Fellowship Award (1992) and Senior Special Fellowship
  • United Nations Institute for Training and Research (2001).

He has published over 100 academic and research projects in national and international journals and has authored/edited over 10 books.

From January 2007 to date, Owasanoye has been the Secretary of the National Working Group on the Review of Investment Laws in Nigeria.

Through his professional and social activities, he has worked in anti-corruption circles and his appointment as ICPC Chairman should turn out the fixing of a square peg to a square hole.

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