By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Christians Rural and Urban Development Association of Nigeria (CRUDAN) has identified corruption as Nigeria’s biggest challenges that requires serious attention.
The association stated this at a press conference on service delivery issues and state of the nation held at the Institute of Church and Society, Samonda, Ibadan, addressed by its Programme Officer for South West, Mr Fasehun Anthony.
Fasehun pointed out that “it is clear to every citizen that the level of corruption in the country is high” adding that it is found in every sector of the society. Be it a small or big sector”
Stressing that “cases of people diverting public funds to private use and bribery are alarming” however lamented that “the painful part is that the system seems too weak as many accused persons are granted bail easily while there is consistent adjournment of such cases”.
“Corruption in Nigeria is like an epidemic; corruption takes many form and infiltrate all political institutions and economic sectors. Corruption is Nigeria’s biggest challenges. It is clear to every citizen that the level of corruption in Nigeria is high. This is the time for the judiciary to convince Nigerians as the last hope of the common man” he said.
Mr Fasehun stated further that for the President Buhari led government to successfully fight the on going anti corruption war, there should be no room for sacred cow.
“While we commend the anti corruption war, we emphatically stress that there should be no sacred cow irrespective of ethnic, religion or party affiliation. Today, Nigeria is now requesting for loan from international agencies to survive. Only if we had been very prudent and accountable, the nation will not find itself in the category of developing nations”.
He however stressed the need for the Federal government to put in place palliative policies to cushion the unbearable impact of the on going recession, adding “the time has come for the government to put in place “a vibrant economy team” for Nigeria to get out of the recession.
He observed that for the palliatives policies to have positive effect, it “must be properly monitored to ensure efficiency and accountability”
“We call on the government as a matter of urgency to put in place policies that will cushion the unbearable impact of the on going recession. The time has come for the government to put in place a vibrant economy team that will collaborate with the Central Bank of Nigeria and National planning, Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS), Ministry of Industry,Trade and Investment and even the Federal Ministry of Agriculture now that we are talking about diversification”.
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.