University Don Blames Legislature, Judiciary For Encouraging Corruption In Nigeria


University Don Blames Legislature, Judiciary For Encouraging Corruption In Nigeria

 

By Ikhili Ebalu, Benin City

A University Don, Prof. Dawood Omolumen Egbefo of the Department of History and International Studies at the Edo State University Uzairue have blamed the legislature and the judiciary for not living up to the people expectations by discharging their real responsibilities thereby encouraging corruption in Nigeria.

Prof Egbefo who is also the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, made the assertion while delivery the 13th inaugural lecture series of the Edo State University Uzairue, Titled: Democratic Governance And The Challenges Of Poverty, Corruption And National Security Crisis In Nigeria Since 1999, at the Aliko Dangote Auditorium.

Prof Egbefo said the judiciary as the 3rd tier have been made to do what the government want or not being allowed to perform their actual duties as what they do is just paper work and the real effective issues of the judiciary is in the hands of the executive.

According to him, “for the past 4-8 years now, we have seen how the judiciary have been made to do what the government want or not being allowed to perform their actual duties, what they do is just paper work and the real effective issues of the judiciary is in the hands of the executive” he added.

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On the other hand, he said the legislature have not been able to achieve the administrative administrative instrument, the instrument that will put good governance on ground have not been established saying that the legislature are supposed to make laws for good governance or always see to what the executive is about to or are doing can be implemented for good governance.

He said until we actually redefine what true governance is, that is where we can separate both good and bad governance adding that if we remain like this, democracy will keep on promoting poverty thereby leading to corruption and the problem we are facing will take time to be solve.

He further accused the government for not being able to drive home or put on ground a structure or system that would be able to check corruption as people are interested in corruption as a result of the kind of wealth they want at the detriment of others.

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He said that the issue of corruption did not start today as we have seen government officials taking bribe to carry out their official duties or government engaging or involving in bribing companies or contractors at the same time claiming to be fighting corruption by setting up EFCC, ICPC and others.

He said that eradication of corruption is not just a difficult task if the right machineries are put in place like other developed countries like America where there are tested institutions which makes it impossible for the corrupt to be ultimate winner.adding that we should get to a point where corruption is seen as a serious crime and not just as an attempt by an individual to take his own share of the national cake and good example should be made against any offender rather than free bargain.

Prof Egbefo suggested that we must all come to the full realization that corruption is as dangerous to the society as it is to the individual as corruption is a major cause of the country’s underdevelopment and especially in the area of poor infrastructure.

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He said fight against corruption must be carried out with total commitment from the political Leadership backed by strong political will devoid of lip-service and rhetorics and there should be a serious drive towards poverty reduction and inequality through people oriented policies and programs which will address the basic necessary of life such as food, shelter, health care services, safe drinking water, electricity, education, employment among others.

Earlier in his address, the Vice Chancellor of the university Engr Prof Emmanuel Aluyor said since the inception, the university has been committed to providing academic excellence to achieve her mandates.

The Vice Chancellor who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor administration, Prof. Anthony O. Nwaopara said the university has been dogged in exploring technology-based materials for teaching, learning and assessment.

 

Prof Aluyor further stated that the university curricular for the different programmes in the 9 faculties are designed in such a way to fulfill the mission and vision of the university.


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