A former Presidential candidate, Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, on Thursday detailed the steps that ought to be taken by the federal government towards ensuring the eradication of corruption in the Nigerian society.
Moghalu made this known via a statement in Lagos.
According to the former Deputy Director of the Central Bank of Nigeria, a systemic and serious approach needs to be entrenched in the fight against corruption.
He further noted that over $600bn had been pilfered from the country’s coffers since independence in 1960.
“We can fight corruption in four very important ways. The first is through value system education and reform.
“We have to teach our kids right and wrong from elementary school to secondary school. Ethics must become a compulsory subject.
“Secondly, Nigeria’s leaders must lead by example via accountability to the people.
“Thirdly, there must be punishment for corruption. If anyone engages in the act of corruption, such a person must be made to pay for it and anyone found guilty of corruption must go to prison. It is not enough to simply sack people because they were corrupt.
“Finally, we have to improve the reward of public officers, their servants and the social safety net.
“Many people steal in public life because they are afraid about their old age and whether they will have anything or a roof over their heads.
”So, these are some of the things we must look at. We have to look at fighting corruption in a systematic way and be serious about it,” he added.
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PDP Charges Nigerians On National Rebirth
The Peoples Democratic Party has urged those behind mindless killings and terrorism in Nigeria to have a rethink and retrace their steps.
The party also charged those in authority to redouble their efforts in finding solutions to the challenges facing the country.
This was contained in a statement in which the party felicitated Nigerians as they celebrate this year’s Eid-el-Maulud which marks the birthday of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.
The statement titled, ‘Eid-el Maulud: PDP Felicitates with Nigerians, Urges National Rebirth,’ was signed by the PDP National Publicity, Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan.
It read, “The Peoples Democratic Party urges Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Eid-el Maulud for solemn introspection and make commitment towards a rebirth in all areas of national life.
“The party notes that Eid-el Maulud, the celebration of the birth of Holy Prophet Mohammed, presents a providential occasion for our nation to put behind, all issues that cause disunity, disaffection, strife and despondency and move to a new beginning by embracing the virtues of love for one another, tolerance, mutual understanding and forgiveness, in line with the teaching of the Holy Prophet.
“The PDP insists that such is the only way to move the nation forward under the present circumstance.
“Our party urges Nigerians to resist all forces that seek to disunite them for selfish reasons and continue to work together, especially in their determination to chart a new course for our dear nation on the platform of the PDP.
“The PDP also calls on Nigerians to use the occasion to make fervent supplication to God for divine intervention as well as show love by reaching out to one another, especially the less privileged and victims of escalated acts of terrorism in our country.
“The party also urges those behind the mindless killings and acts of terrorism in our country to have a rethink and retrace their steps, while charging those in authority to redouble their efforts in finding solutions to the challenges facing our nation at this critical time.
“The PDP felicitates with Nigerians and wishes them a happy Eid-el Maulud celebration.”
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FG Takes Delivery Of Final Batch Of Tucano Jets
The federal government said it has taken delivery of the final batch of the 12 A-29 Super Tucano fighter jets expected from the United States.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this when he featured on a phone-in television programme “This Morning,’’ monitored by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
“All the 12 Super Tucano fighter jets have been received. As at this morning(yesterday), all the 12 were here and they have been deployed to the North-East.
“We can see that the Tucano jets are actually game changer.
“Most of the successes we have recorded in recent time is because of the acquisition of the new platforms, not limited to the super Tucano,’’ he said.
The minister said with the recent notable successes recorded by the military on insecurity, he was amused by a story on Monday that the Nigerian Air Force paid N20 million to bribe bandits so that they would not bring down the president’s aircraft.
“Fortunately, the Air Force immediately debunked this because this exposes their ignorance.
“Between Zamfara, Katsina, parts of Kaduna and Niger states, there are about 150 bandit camps. Who then was the money given to?
“It does not make any sense and it is because they do not understand how bandits operate that is why they can peddle that kind of fake news,’’ he said.
Mohammed said with the improved security situation in the North-east and North-Central Zones the nation would experience improved food security.
“If you observe what is happening of recent, you can see heightened activities in the agricultural area.
“This is because of the superior fire power of the military which is now making it possible for people to go to their farms, especially in the North East.
“They have been able to put the criminals at bay,’’ he said.
The minister gave an assurance that the success of the military against terrorists and bandits would be sustained.
He therefore, solicited the cooperation and support of Nigerians for the sustenance of the military action.
The Nigerian Air Force on July 22 took delivery of the first batch of six of the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft from the United States.
The Director of Public Relations and Information, NAF Headquarters, Air Commodore Edward Gabkwet, who made the announcement, said the aircraft arrived in Kano.
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#EndSARS: Lagos Official To Youths: Protect Public Assets Against Vandalism
Mr Olufunsho Elulade, General Manager, Lagos State Materials Testing Laboratory (LSMTL), on Tuesday appealed to youths to protect public infrastructure in their locality against any act of vandalism.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Elulade said that public infrastructure were provided with taxpayers’ money, “so destroying them amount to hurting ourselves”.
Elulade was speaking against the backdrop of the damage done to LSMTL offices in Ojodu during the 2020 #EndSARS protests.
He said that the damage was minimal because some members of the public stopped hoodlums who hijacked the protest from wrecking further havoc on the facility and its operational vehicles.
He said operational vehicles of the Lagos State Public Works Corporation which shared the same compound with LSMTL were razed.
Elulade, a chartered highways and transportation expert who was part of the team that designed the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system in Lagos, lamented the wanton destruction of the buses and other critical infrastructure.
He said the buses, buildings and other vandalised assets had direct benefits to youths and all other residents of Lagos.
“The youths should know that these BRT buses were bought to ease their movement from point ‘A’ to ‘B’, why would they destroy facilities that bring them comfort?”
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Elulade urged Lagos residents to make infrastructure protection a collective responsibility.
He said that Lagos population kept growing daily, thus increasing pressure on government to keep improving and upgrading existing infrastructure.
According to him, destruction of assets amounts to slowing down progress for all residents.
He urged the EndSARS campaigners to tread with caution as their demand had been met by Federal Government’s disbandment of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in 2020.
The general manager also called for continued education and public sensitisation on the need for collaboration towards building a vibrant state and nation to transform Lagos into a 21st century economy.
NAN reports that the October 2020 #EndSARS protest against police brutality was hijacked leaving horrifying trails in Lagos and some parts of the country. (NAN)
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