Information minister honoured, speaks on corruption

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

The Minister of Information and Culture has been honoured with a Distinguished Alumnus Award by Faculty of Art, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife.

Lai Mohammed was an alumnus of the institution where he bagged Bachelor of Science in French Language 1976 before he proceeded to University of Lagos to study law.

Speaking at the event, the Minister who gave a speech on: The Nexus Between Corruption and Underdevelopment in Nigeria, called on all citizens to support a total war against corruption and the anti corruption campaign recently launched two weeks ago.

He said Nigerians must key into a campaign code-named: Citizens Coalition Against Corruption, stressing that citizens must be sufficiently informed to recognize corruption as evil.

In addition to adopting institutional measures to curb corruption, the minister said sensitisation programmes that will include road shows and town hall meetings would soon be embarked upon by the government.

He says that if citizens knew corruption was linked to the prolonged war against insurgency; vehicular accidents on bad roads; infant and maternal mortality among many social, political and economic ills, they would hurry to fight corruption without giving considerations to religious and tribal sentiments.