Zamfara Assembly Speaker urges more efforts to tackle corruption
Rikiji made the call at the opening of the 2015 National Conference of the School of Languages, Federal College of Education (FCE), Zaria, Kaduna State.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the conference had as its theme, “Building a Corrupt-Free Nation Through Language and Literature.”
The Speaker observed that the high prevalence of corruption in the society required collective efforts to contain.
Rikiji said, “Eradicating corruption in Nigeria is the responsibility of all of us, not government alone, hence the need for all hands to be on deck to restore the lost glory of the nation.
“Despite previous governments’ efforts to promulgate various anti-corruption laws and establish agencies like EFCC and ICPC, among others, the result of the crusade is not too encouraging.
“I know of an independent global watch on corruption, Transparency International, that hitherto placed Nigeria among the five most corrupt nations in the world and I am not sure if the scenario has changed.”
He, therefore, said it was important for majority of Nigerians to resolve to do the right thing by shunning all corrupt tendencies and exposing those found to be absolutely corrupt.
In his speech, Provost of the college, Dr. Muktar Maccido, lauded the Speaker for providing scholarship to some students from Zamfara.
He described the conference as the best ever convened by the institution, maintaining that its outcome would bolster the war against corruption in the country.
In a keynote address on “Corruption, Language and Literature in Nigeria,” Prof. Isma’ila Tsiga of the Department of English and Literature Studies, Bayero University, Kano said corruption would completely cripple Nigeria if not tackled.
“In Nigeria, unless we kill corruption, corruption will kill us,” he contended.
Earlier, Dean of the School of Languages, Malam Suleiman Balarabe, said the theme for the event was selected to mobilise support for the new administration in the country in its war against corruption.