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Nigerians Must Not Vote For Corrupt Leaders, Says Enwelum

Posted: Nov 12, 2015 at 1:29 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Emmanuel Nzomiwu, Enugu

Executive Director of Divine Era Development and Social Rights Initiative (DEDASRI), Ogechukwu Enwelum, has advised Nigerians not to vote for corrupt leaders if they want to break the circle of corruption in the country.

Enwelum stated this in Enugu at the 2nd Enugu South Governance and Security Forum, organized by CLEEN Foundation with the support of Ford Foundation.

She noted that by depriving the nation of legitimate revenues needed to provide public services, corruption can affect the capacity of the public sector to carry out its constitutional responsibilities and service delivery, such as education, water and good transportation system.

According to Enwelum, when these services are not provided, the result will be underdevelopment.

She further described corruption as a social problem that impedes national development and robs the people of opportunities for any meaningful economic and social advancement, even as it leads to undermining of public trust in public institutions, which disproportionately affects the poor who cannot afford the payment of bribes to obtain services.

“Through the distortion of government decision-making, it leads to wasteful investment projects, non competitive and uneconomic allocation of public funds.

“Again, corruption has the potential and capacity to restrict investments, slow down economic, social and political developments as well as endanger democratic values and increases distrust among the citizenry and investors” she said.

Enwelum stated corruption increases the chances of instability in the society and increases income inequality since it permits particular individuals or groups of individuals to take advantage of state activities at the cost of the rest of the population.

On the way forward, Enwelum explained that breaking the circle of corruption in the society means ‘seeing something, saying something and doing something’.

“It means that we all in our little spheres of influence should eschew corruption and fight against its spread. It means enlightenment of the masses on the hideous consequences on our nation, both locally and internationally.

“It means refusing to vote in or idolize leaders who are corrupt. It means we the populace taking part in recreating our own history bearing in mind that nation building is a tortuous but rewarding exercise by demanding accountability from our elected leaders,” Enwelum said.

Also, one of the participants and State Coordinator of Justice for all Programme, Evans Ezeugwu, noted that CLEEN Foundation had organized programmes for them in policing skills, resolving conflict and organizational management, which culminated in the marriage between the police and Neighbourhood Watch.

Ezeugwu added that every month, meetings are held between the police and Neighbouurhood Watch where reports are given on happenings in the communities with respect to security.


Also, Programme Officer of CLEEN Foundation, Ifeanyi Anyanwu, recalled that the first Forum was held in August and it was agreed that the second forum would be held in November.

Anyanwu, who also made a presentation on “Conflict Prevention and Management,” said that the objective of the forum was to teach the participants including representatives of Neighbourhood Watch Organisations, Town Union leaders and security agencies, how to hold elected leaders accountable, promote good governance and security.

He stressed the need for the participants to think out how to sustain the project on their own if they want to contribute their quota to good governance and security.