A legal practitioner and public affairs analyst, Emeka Onohwakpor, on Wednesday said that Nigeria can tackle corruption if “we attack it from the roots and take a lead from other countries by providing the basic necessities of life”.
“Corrupt people gather money for future purpose but if these things are taken from them it leads to more greed. If necessary things like public transport are in place then people won’t need to buy luxuries like cars”, he said on Channels Television’s morning breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily.
He added that if we really want to fight corruption in Nigeria we have to put things like good roads, electricity, education, water and security in place for the low income and unemployed to at least live on.
He asked that if we have all this things in place, “what else do you need so much money for?”
“We celebrate the politicians that steal our money, meanwhile those that have been seen to be corrupt have not been stigmatised rather reverse is the case, in Nigeria robbers go about without masks because there is no means of tracing them, a system needs to be put in place to check those in power”, he said.
He advised that the government should make a point of duty to follow up on every Nigerian citizen so that any previous crime committed by a person should be recorded to allow for proper background checks for future purposes.
He concluded by saying that if the number of the downtrodden becomes too high, those on top will not be able to enjoy their wealth, people don’t need money to be given to them, they need good amenities and when the destitute are trained they will help to add more value to the society at large.
The President of the Initiative for Youth Awareness on Migration, Solomon Okoduwa, on Monday announced the theme for this year’s National Youths Day.
Tagged ‘Youths and Migration’, he said it was inspired by the desperation of Nigerian youths to be successful and to erase the belief that it is only possible for them to succeed outside the country.
He also lamented that they travel illegally through the Sahara desert to Libya in hope of migrating to Europe.
“This year’s theme gives us as a country, the opportunity to reflect on the type of society we live in, a society where so many people see migration as a means to survival, meanwhile the basic things we need access to education and food, we lack them and it has resulted in high crime rate”. He said this on Channels Television’s morning breakfast programme, Sunrise daily.
He told a story of how he was psyched into believing that the trip was just like Berger- to Oshodi “the people who convince us collected N200,000 for the journey, we were about 300-400 youths and we were not aware of the dangers of the Sahara, meanwhile most of us couldn’t tell our family members about it”.
Mr Okoduwa said that his organisation has been trying to seek assistance from the government because there are about 122 prisoners in a place called Sabha in Libya, children inclusive.
He said the number keeps increasing because some Nigerian girls give birth in prison and this children automatically become prisoners according to Libyan laws.
He added that to get a good job in Libya you need a residence permit and to get this permit you need recommendation from a citizen which is hard to get adding that there are about 280 Nigerian females in Libyan prisons.
He pleaded with the federal government to come to the aid off Nigerian youths in diaspora by prioritising their interests and organising empowerment programmes for the hungry, unemployed and uneducated youths in our society.