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As Amosun Advocates Life Sentence For Corrupt Officials

Posted: Sep 11, 2015 at 12:25 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Soyombo Opeyemi

There is no denying that it is corruption that has brought Nigeria to its knees today.

It is therefore a welcome development when public office holders are in the forefront of agitation for life imprisonment for corrupt public servants.

It is in Nigeria that you have people who could not ride a bicycle before coming into government emerging as richest men after a spell of public service.

But it is also in Nigeria that people believe that everyone that went into government was nobody before. Indeed, there are people who were already wealthy and had accomplished so much in life long before venturing into politics or occupying public offices. This point should never be lost on anyone even as we all rail against corruption.

By and large, it is corruption that has held Nigeria hostage and stifled its development. The structure and form of government we operate also allow corruption to fester.

I wholeheartedly congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari for his efforts to deliver Nigeria from the bondage of corruption. I believe also that there is need to amend extant laws so that corrupt public officials (elected, appointed or career civil servants) can get life imprisonment for the sins of corruption as recommended by the governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

It is interesting that every government in Nigeria is trying to imbibe the Treasury Single Account in order to block leakages and end corruption. Governor Amosun actually ordered immediate implementation of TSA when he mounted the saddle of leadership in 2011. It may shock readers to discover that about 300 bank accounts were closed in Ogun State upon the introduction of TSA.

How could one government either at the state or federal level operate hundreds of bank accounts without some funds ending in private pockets?

Apart from TSA, which played a vital role in boosting Ogun IGR from a paltry N750m a month to up to N3bn per month within just two years, the introduction of e-payment by the Amosun administration also helped to block drainpipes in the finances of the state and curb corruption.

Finally, both political office holders and career public servants should take a lesson from the submission of Amosun: “It takes two to tango. This anti-corruption crusade is not only about political office holders, government, workers too should detest  corruption. It is time we all denounced and stigmatized corruption.  If we all come together to kill corruption, we would be the better for it.”