Poverty, poor moral values responsible for corruption – Prof Bolanle Awe

Prof. Bolanle Awe, a retired Professor of Oral History at the University of Ibadan, on Thursday listed poverty, poor moral values as some of the causes of corruption in Nigeria.

Awe said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ibadan that corruption thrived in the country due to the passive manner in which Nigerians, especially women, tolerated the situation.

She particularly noted that, women, as homemakers, abandoned their responsibilities of inculcating sound morals in their children.

The University don said it was disheartening to note that women have been passive onlookers for too long in the fight against corruption in Nigeria.

She therefore called on women to rise up against the menace and use their votes to remove corrupt leaders in the society.

Awe defined corruption as “dishonest conduct by those in power, typically involving bribery”, adding that it remained a major menace inhibiting progress and development in Nigeria.

“Corruption is an impairment of integrity, virtue or moral principles, a departure from the original or from what is right, pure or correct.

“Corruption is usually engendered by poverty, poor moral values and religious background of the perpetrators of it,” she said.

Awe said that that women must stand to the task, face it squarely and be ready to say no to it in all areas of life.

“The emphasis placed on the joy and comfort of corruption should be ignored, because participation in politics should be for a clean and pure purpose.

“As women, we must have a duty-based outlook on uprightness; when your husband brings home money, you should ask questions.

“Our fight against corruption must start from the home, our husbands, children and churches and our actions must continue to speak to us.

“Utilitarianism should be employed in our campaign against corruption, as the position we take depends on our value system of Nigeria.

“We must never support incompetent women in leadership positions in Nigeria; since they are supposed to be example of what is right.

“The failure of one woman in a position of power is a failure of one nation,” she said.

The don said in the early sixties, there was right social value and dignity of labour in what people do.

“Corruption came in as a result of mismanagement of our resources and change in our social values.

“Nigeria was known for excellence all over the globe until this social values changed for the negative in early `76 when they became connected to a lot of atrocities.

“We are now feared all over the world since all sorts of atrocities like drug pushing, fraud, and now kidnapping, rape, bunkering, and insurgency have permeated our systems as Nigerians.

“People who are custodian of our resources, steal our money and throw lavish parties; because of corruption you see a wrong kind of social values,” she said.

Awe said that every woman should go back to the foundation of the child, which is the home, “since everything starts from the home.”

“As mothers we have responsibilities to give social values to our children; while children love their mothers and it is unusual for a child not to do this.

“We must be able to comment on our rulers; voice out and use our votes to remove the corrupt ones.

“Illiterate women among us should be sensitized on the power of their votes and therefore they should endeavour to go out to vote during elections.

“At all levels, corruption is corruption; we have responsibilities to coach other women who are not as privileged as we are,” she said.

Awe said women must transform from passive onlookers to active participants, so as to bring about good governance in the country.

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Gunmen kill LG official in Rivers state

A member of the Caretaker Committee of Asari Toru Local Government Area, Godknows Babadiba, has reportedly been killed by unknown gunmen in Rivers State.

The Chairman of the committee, Soboma Jakrich, who confirmed the incident said that the body of the deceased was found bullet ridden after sporadic gunshots were heard in the area during the night.

According to Mr Jakrich, the deceased had complained of death threat calls from unknown persons prior to the killing.

He said that the incident had been reported to security agencies.

The chairman lamented that the deceased was not a politician but a businessman, who kept a good relationship with everyone in the community.

In his reaction, the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers State, DSP Ahmad Mohammad, told Channels Television that the command was unaware of the incident.

IPMAN to partner NNPC in ending fuel scarcity

The Independent Petroleum Marketers Association of Nigeria (IPMAN) has promised to work with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and other agencies of government to help address the prevailing fuel scarcity being experienced by Nigerians.

Speaking in Abuja, the National Secretary of IPMAN, Danladi Pasali said the intervention of the Minister of State for Petroleum Resources, Dr Ibe Kachikwu, in the lingering crisis in the association will go a long way in helping to ease the distribution challenges confronting the country.

The association said its members will be directed to operate a 24-hour service and also ensure that petrol products are sold at the government approved price.

Police acquire 4,000 affordable houses

The Inspector General of Police, Mr Solomon Arase, has announced the acquisition of over 4,000 units of affordable houses for officers and men of the force as part of efforts to boost the morale of Policemen across the country.

Speaking in Abuja while commissioning the Brick City Police Estate in Kubwa, Abuja, Mr Arase said that the welfare of policemen and women will continue to receive priority attention under his administration as the Inspector General of Police.

He announced plans by the Police high command to expand the housing project which currently operates in 22 estates across the country to enable more officers and men benefit from the scheme.

Kidnapped clergies freed in Kaduna, one dead

President of the United Church of Christ in Nigeria, Rev. Emmanuel Dziggau and two other clergy men who were abducted along Kaduna-Abuja Expressway by gunmen have regained their freedom after ten days in captivity. 

Spokesman for the Kaduna State Police Command, Zubairu Abubakar, confirmed the freedom of the two religious leaders as well as the death of one of them to our correspondent.

Rev. Dziggau, Rev. Yakubu Dzarma and Rev. Iliya Anto were abducted on March 21 along the Kaduna-Abuja Expressway where they had gone to clear a piece of land for the foundation of the church seminary.

However, Rev. Iliya Anto was said to have died after he was left in the bush by the kidnappers following his health condition.

A top official of United Church of Christ who pleaded anonymity said on Thursday, that Dziggau and Dzarma were freed on Wednesday night while the corpse of Rev. Anto was found, almost decomposing in the bush.

According to him, the two clergymen were immediately taken to a private hospital in Kaduna after they were brought to the church along Katsina Road in Kaduna metropolis.

According to him, “The person who went to collect them drove them on a bike from where they dropped them for four hours before they could reach a motorable road. This is very traumatic and they need some rest.”

The source explained that Anto’s corpse was found in the bush after he was abandoned by the kidnappers because of his ill health.

He said a day after their abduction, the kidnappers had called to inform that Anto was not well and they had dropped him at a location in the bush.

The source, however, declined to say whether a ransom was paid for the release of the two kidnapped clergies.

NNPC releases March 2016 report 

Nigeria’s state oil corporation, the NNPC has released its March 2016 report.

The report shows annual operating deficit down 32% to three billion naira in January 2016, and expenditure also slimmer at 134.4 billion naira in January from 196.2 billion naira in December last year.

The new report shows the NNPC revenue down to 130.8 billion naira in January this year due to low crude prices.

The corporation says the sum of 85.9 billion naira was paid into the federation account and for the 12 months ended January 2016, the total contribution to the federal government was 1.05 trillion naira.

In December 2015, the NNPC reports total crude oil lifting of 65.95 million barrels by the corporation, the joint venture partners and independent operators.

Kwara screens 2,000 intending pilgrims

The Kwara Muslim Pilgrims Welfare Board on Thursday said that it screened over 2,000 intending pilgrims for the 2016 Hajj exercise.

The Executive Secretary of the board, Hajia Fatima Abolore- Jimoh, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ilorin.

She said that the intending pilgrims were among those who registered online with the board for the holy pilgrimage.

Abolore-Jimoh, however, did not specify the quota allocated by the National Hajj Commission to the state for this year’s Hajj.

She said that the intending pilgrims from the 16 local government areas in Kwara and other states took part in the screening exercise.

Abolore-Jimoh added that the specific amount to be paid by intending pilgrims as Hajj fare was yet to be fixed by the National Hajj Commission.

Abolore-Jimoh warned intending pilgrims against paying their Hajj fares to unauthorised persons or banks.

She said the board would soon release the names of successful candidates who participated in the screening exercise.

The executive secretary urged intending pilgrims above 65 years old to travel along with younger pilgrims who could assist them.