The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) lamented that Nigeria has a rampant begging culture problem
- The committee said it receives requests from people asking it to pardon corrupt people
- The committee’s secretary said the people need to be re-orientated on the cost of corruption to the development of Nigeria
The Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) on Thursday, July 26, expressed concerned over the undignified behaviour of some prominent Nigerians who are allegedly begging on behalf of corrupt people in the society to be pardoned.
PACAC’s executive secretary, Professor Bolaji Owasanoye, disclosed this at the special public lecture organised by Pinnacle in honour of Gbola Sokoya’s 60th birthday in Lagos, Vanguard reports.
Prof. Owasanoye said that the country’s biggest challenge was the culture of begging which denied the country an opportunity to move forward.
His words: “In the fight against corruption, we get strange requests from people begging on behalf of criminal and corrupt people; and you wonder whether they have lost their sense of value and can no longer draw line between what is right and wrong.”
Owasanoye, who is currently chairman-designate, Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) said that the begging culture problem cuts across different aspects of life. He said the country needs to re-orientate people on the cost of corruption to the development of Nigeria.
He also said: “We have a huge number of youths that are unemployed and unemployable, the reason being that we are used to begging culture in our society. People beg to get admitted, to pass exams, for youth service, for jobs which they are not qualified for and we expect a turnaround for good. If we are going to be sincere with ourselves, we should know that it is not possible.”
In his remarks, Professor of Management and Associate Dean for Graduate and Executive Education at Middle Tennessee State University, USA, Professor Sesan Sokoya said that Nigeria needs to train young people for the digital economy for the industrial revolution to happen.
Sokoya, spoke on a topic: ‘Sustainable National Development In A Globalized Economy: Modest Prescriptions’.
Meanwhile, we previously heard report that Ibrahim Magu, the acting chairman of the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC), on Thursday, June 21, forwarded a note of warning to contractors who had abandoned multi-million Naira projects throughout the Niger Delta that it would in no time visit the project sites to ascertain the level of work done so far in comparison to the money paid to them.