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By Gbenga Faturoti/Osogbo
A university teacher, Professor Taiwo Asaolu, has advocated stiffer laws to curb the menace of corruption in the country.
Asaolu, speaking at a press conference to herald a management lecture series organised by the Association of Executive MBA Students of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, noted that the nation’s anti-corruption laws are too weak to fight the menace.
He stated also that the anti-corruption legislations made in the country are meant to deal with the poor people and not those that corrupt the nation at the highest levels.
Asaolu, who is also the coordinator of the Executive MBA Programme at the university, noted that the cashless policy introduced by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and others are failure, adding, “all these are indications that we are in a failed society”.
According to him, “there is no doubt that we have leadership challenges in the country. We have weak institutions and legislations. As a nation, morally we are weak. We celebrate corruption in this country and this is where we have missed it.
“Even, culturally we celebrate corruption because when you give chieftaincy titles to suspects, it gives different impressions. In summary, corruption is the cause of the various challenges facing the nation and the cause of failure in the system.
“To gain admission, you have to know people and make some influence. Look at our roads, so much would be earmarked but one person will go away with it and nothing will happen.
This is a wrong approach to apply laws”.
The lecturer said further that what the nation needs is strong institutions and legal framework that can stand the test of time in fighting the corruption in the country.
Asaolu explained further that it is only God that can save the nation from the challenges, urging Nigerians to pray to God to overcome the challenges.
Earlier, the Governor of the OAU MBA Executive Programme, Pius Onoriode, had told the gathering that Professor Pikay Richardson, from Manchester Business School, United Kingdom and Dr. Wale Bolorunduro, Osun State Commissioner for Finance, Economic Planning and Budget, would deliver this year’s lecture series.
He said while Professor Richardson will talk on “Leadership Crisis and Corruption in Nigeria: The Role of Institutions”, Bolorunduro will speak on “Global Economic Recession and Meltdown: Effects on Nigeria and way out”.