Monday, 27 February 2012
Akinkugbe charges govs on corruption
GOVERNORS in the country have been charged to evolve a fundamental strategies to deal with the cankerworm of corruption.
An Emeritus Professor of Medicine, University of Ibadan Prof. Oladipo Akinkugbe gave the charge at a Public Lecture to mark the 3rd year anniversary of Governor Olusegun Mimiko in Akure.
Akinkugbe who spoke on the topic “Of Stated Goals and Proven Performance” said that the scourge had put the entire country in disrepute and continued to deal a severe blow on the nation’s credibility at the global level.
According to him governors both past and present were themselves part of the problem of corruption.
He called for transparency and sanctions on offenders lamenting that the number of persons that have been tried, found guilty and penalised or sanctioned can be counted on the “”fingers of a mutilated hand”.
The lecturer said that a nation, a state, a village, a city, a street could never rise above the iniquities of a fractured integrity that exists even complemented by manifest impunity.
According to him “a case study of the Presidency, governors, ministers, lawmakers, the Judiciary and civil servants in these past 13 years of civilian administration will be fascinating”.
The Chairman of the occasion, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra state said that Nigerians encouraged their leaders to steal saying that that ”sycophants are everywhere in the corridors of power”
Obi lamented that the cost of governance in the country encourages corruption and that leaders should be accountable and responsible with the finances in their care.
“”We should cut cost of governance to move forward and cut corruption, we need to stop the abuse if we do not want the society and our children yet unborn to take revenge.
Eminent Nigerians that attended the lecture assessed the governor Mimikos performance and impact on the electorate and declared their support for a second term in office for him.
Among those who canvassed fresh mandate for Mimiko were retired Anglican Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi, former Governor of old Ondo State, Evangelist Bamidele Olumilua, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae and former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN).
Others included former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Aliyu Idi Hong, foremost industrialist, Chief Oba Otudeko, Emeritus Professor of Medicine, Olujimi
Akinkugbe as well as Ganiyat, the wife of late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi