How Nigeria can win war against corruption, by Adamolekun
A foremost researcher in public administration and development studies, Prof. Ladipo Adamolekun, has said that the only way Nigeria can win the war on graft in both the private and public sector is for government to draw up a national strategy to combat the menace.
Prof. Adamolekun, who stated this yesterday during the public presentation of a book titled “I Remember” authored by him, said the integrity and sincerity of President Muhammadu Buhari alone is not sufficient to drive or sustain the war against corruption nationwide even though it could spearhead agitations against it.
He noted that government needs to draw up a national plan to serve as roadmap for role players such as whistle blowers, civil society groups, media, religious organisations and public servants to key into the anti-graft war, adding that without such a coherent plan, winning the war against graft would be short-lived.
“Nigeria needs to have a strategy for combating corruption. As it is rightly said, fighting corruption is a war. No nation goes to war without first drawing up a strategy for winning a war. So, to the fight against corruption, government has to come up with a national strategy for combating corruption.
Speaking earlier, Chairman of the occasion, former governor of Ekiti State and now Minister of Solid Minerals, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, described the book as a trajectory of public sector management, adding that facts presented in the book could be applied in building a new and better Nigeria.
According to him, Prof. Adamolekun’s 18 years of service in the World Bank is a testimony that he has capacity that is internationally-accepted.
On some other key reforms in the country, Prof. Adamolekun said the National Universities Commission (NUC) needs to be overhauled to checkmate the institution from going outside its jurisdiction of monitoring quality of education in Nigerian varsities.
He added that the NUC should not decide for universities on who they should offer admission as such power rests with the university governing board.
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