Instituting Anti-Corruption Culture In Nigeria (2)

(By Dennis Uba Donald)

If we must alleviate poverty, and bad governance there is no other way than discourage these practices right from our homes. This will bring expansion even to the rich, to the hardworking reward at the end of toil, and to the average man that can assess drinking water because the manager is made responsible. Has it occurred to anybody that you do not really need a security guard if you are sure your neighbour will alert you if he suspects anything?

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THE leadership in the People Republic of China under President Xi Jinping is an admirable case in point. In China, they are called ‘’tigers and flies’’ the powerful leaders and lowly officials all targeted by China’s corruption crackdown, addressing trivial cases as limiting banquet meals and banning the use of public funds to buy moon cakes.

   According to Benjamin Lim, a Beijing-based correspondent, corruption is deeply ingrained in Chinese culture. The Chinese word for gift is songli and li means a gift respect and so by giving a gift, you are showing respect. Do you consider giving gifts corruption?  Like Nigeria, in China if you need to do something, or you need something done, the first thing is you think of a guanxi, a connection who can help you get your children into a good school, jump the queue and get medical treatment or whatever.

   At home, the councillorship candidate in Shawo South West ward in Offa LGA of Kwara State, Mr. Afolabi Olawale, who rejected the electoral outcome because he believes in justice and equity, should be emulated and “immortalised in our memories “for obvious reasons of integrity, bravery and moral uprightness in a perverted system. In essence, good conduct should be rewarded openly and corrupt behaviour loathed with disdain.

    If we must alleviate poverty, and bad governance there is no other way than discourage these practices right from our homes. This will bring expansion even to the rich, to the hardworking reward at the end of toil, and to the average man that can assess drinking water because the manager is made responsible.  Has it occurred to anybody that you do not really need a security guard if you are sure your neighbour will alert you if he suspects anything?  One can actually feel safer, if he realises that his neighbourhood is alert to emergencies. In essence, the solution to this is not the establishment of anti-crime institutions alone but “instituting the anti-crime culture” ‘in our society for common good. A well-developed and orientated civil society will represent a wide variety of interests. Civil society organisations with varied organisational cultures will see the problem of corruption from diverse perspectives which will convey diverse viewing platforms to devise a plan to increase its chances of success. A political resolve to fight corruption based on a broad support from various sources in civil society ensures that the measures taken are not politically motivated. The variety of interests ensures that the anti-corruption drive responds, in the end, to the public interest.

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• Donald is an M.Sc Clinical Psychology student, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba, Ondo State. Email: uba_dennis@yahoo.com Phone: 08035076266Today’s 

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