Strengthening weak institutions, way to end corruption, says group
A group, the New Nigeria Nationalists (NNN), has called on the Federal Government to strengthen weak institutions in the country, insisting this would end corruption.
Speaking at the Walk Against Corruption briefing in Lagos, the Chairman, Board of Trustees, NNN, Elder Paul Erinne, said: “Overhauling the country’s governance system is important, if the country hopes to make meaningful progress. Corruption has stunted the growth of our economy, discouraging foreign investments inflow.
“Corruption is the reason we have infrastructural deficit, substandard healthcare facilities and are on huge borrowing. The economy cannot thrive in a society where steady power supply is a luxury and good roads remain a fanciful dream.
“Members of the New Nigeria Nationalists, a non-political movement, have decided to de-glamourise corruption, as it has become a top factor that is luring career politicians and new entrants seeking elective offices. We, therefore, call on Nigerians to embrace the spirit of self-discipline, patriotism and develop zero tolerance for greed, selfishness and corruption.”
Convener, NNN, Folusho Oyenuga, said the movement’s major belief is that Nigeria can move forward.
Co-Convener, Mr. Yinka Quadri, was of the view that the governance system is not working. He said: “Enough of these recycling of leaders. We want Nigerians to realise that it is time to do away with the old and embrace the new. To us, the entire structure, which constitutes the old system, must be done away with.”
The Walk Against Corruption, which started on January 29 in different parts of the country, will last for 45 days and is aimed at sensitising Nigerians on the need to give birth to a new country.
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