Prolonged fuel queues an accumulation of corruption in oil sector – Lai Mohammed
The horrible presence of long queues at filling stations in some parts of the county is an evidence of the handiwork of an accumulated corruption in the oil sector.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, disclosed this at weekend in Kaduna in an address during the launch of a programme titled: “Advocacy Corruption at Grassroots,” organized by Kaduna State Chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, in collaboration with Youth Development and Moral Rebirth.
Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who was represented by the Assistant Director National Orientation Agency (NOA), Alhaji Hamza Audu, said there is no better time to arise and show solidarity on the current fight against corruption in Nigeria in the current democratic change mantra than now.
According to him, corruption is a deliberate and conscious act that breaches the rules of engagement for self-interest, adding that corruption is an attitude that resides in people and quicken them to violate rules of engagement.
The Minister informed that corruption had also devastated the country so badly that every headache of Nigeria could be traced to it – such as unemployed youths, Nigeria’s loss of credibility amongst other nations as well as the crippling of developmental efforts. He emphasized that to check and stop corruption is to identify the carriers of the deadly attitude and handle them in such a way that would serve as deterrent.
He, therefore, assured that the Agency will remain the major anchor and bridge of government by which citizenry, especially at the grassroots, are mobilized and carried along to achieve a sustained corrupt controlled society.
Also in his paper presentation at the event, the Acting Chairman Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC), Alhaji Ibrahim Mustafa Magu, said steps must be taken to launch advocacy against corruption at the grassroots, since the people at the grassroots constitute major victims of the menace of corruption in the world. Alhaji Magu noted that the media owe the people – including the grassroots – relevant information of corruption, and promised to provide the media with the needed information to disseminate to the grassroots on the evil of corruption.
Contributing, Barrister Festos Okoye pointed out that corruption has dented the image of this country, while a Kaduna-based renowned columnist, Alhaji Mohammed Haruna, also observed that jumping fuel cues and violating traffic rules are all part of corruption.
Earlier in his welcome address, the NUJ Council Chairman, Comrade Garba Muhammad, noted that corruption cannot be tackled from the top alone; rather, it has to be confronted from the grassroots. The chairman also stated that the citizens, who are better informed of the corruption within their political system, would be able to fight corruption more effectively.