CORRUPTION ANTITHETICAL TO NIGERIA’S SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Minister of Transportation, Engr. Mu’azu Jaji Sambo, has stated that the scourge of corruption is antithetical to Nigeria’s socio-economic development.

The Minister who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, stated this yesterday, on the occasion of the Ministry’s Anti-Corruption/Enlightenment workshop with the theme “Diminishing Corruption and Institutionalizing Integrity and Good Governance”.

Furthermore, the Minister pointed out that the aim of the workshop is to expose the ugly effects of corruption and corrupt practices in the public and private sector, while also proffering solutions as to how it can be reduced and possibly eliminated. 

Mu’azu, also noted that fighting corruption headlong by anti-graft agencies will encourage the public and private sector personnel to institutionalize integrity and good governance and hoped that the worthy contributions by the Resource Persons will help to prick the moral consciences of the participants to steer away from corrupt practices.

Speaking in her capacity, the Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Magdalene Ajani, stated that the theme of the workshop is germane because any nation that aspires to achieve meaningful and sustainable progress must as a matter of urgency seek to diminish corruption and institutionalize integrity and good governance.

She further enjoined those present to live within their means and not give in to pressures that will lure them to mortgage their consciences and expose them to the twin evils of greed and corruption.

Paper presentations on “Diminishing Corruption and Institutionalising Integrity and Good Governance in Nigeria” and “Tackling Systemic Corruption in the Public Service – The ICPC Approach” by Prof. Adoyi Onoja and Abba Udofia respectively identified corruption to include: budget padding, orchestrating crisis and conflict for “security” vote, theft of oil, non crediting of receipts from sales of oil, petroleum subsidy, stamp duties; demand for 10 percent in contracts by Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government amongst others.

They however concluded that the best way to tackle corruption is to live within the ambience of the law.

Anastasia Ogbonna

DD, Press & PR

2nd February, 2023

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