ATABOR JULIUS LOKOJA
Corruption and lack of transparency in doing business have been identified as the militating factors for slow pace of development in Nigeria
In a one day stakeholders meeting organised by the Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution ( CHRCR) in collaboration with Shehu Musa Ya’adua with support from Mac Arthur foundation held in lokoja Wednesday noted that uncheck corruption has affected public faith in the management of the nation’s businesses.
The Executive Director Centre for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCH) Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul stated this while presenting a paper at the seminar.
He noted that citizens are unlikely to be motivated to combat corruption because experience suggests that nothing will change, saying that this perception must change if the war against corruption must be won.
Miliki also stressed that the fight against corruption can be won if New approaches are adopted to create social incentives for collection action against corruption.
He said leaders must inspire faith in Anti-Corruption efforts by implementing tangible reforms in public institutions. “Civil society and community leaders must develop and promote a national social contract that rewards accountability and enforces social sanctions for unacceptable behaviours.
“Traditional approaches to anti-corruption messaging in Nigeria have been characterized by sensational reporting of corruption cases involving huge amounts of money or the use of extreme language to eliminate undesirable behaviour,’ he said.
The executive director also added that an effective way to also tackle corruption would be to teach children to recognize it, reject it and condemn those who tolerate it.
He opined that school curriculums must incorporate ethics and civil education in the Curriculum so that the right culture can be inculcated in the children from their tender age.
Miliki added that parents, teachers and school administrators must recognise their responsibility to shape the values of the next generation by exhibiting high standards of integrity, honesty and transparency in their actions.