The Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Yakubu Dogara, has said that until strong institutions are built and strengthened, Nigeria may end up punishing corruption but not fighting it.
He spoke on Monday at the launch of a book “Antidotes for Corruption” – written by Senator Dino Melaye – in Abuja, where he opined that only strong institutions can fight corruption in the country.
Dogara said for the war against corruption to succeed, there must be institutional reforms that will help put in place measures which will make it near impossible for people to engage in corrupt acts.
To him, corruption must be treated from its roots and not just the symptoms, and he argued that it is the moral responsibility of all men and women of good will to fight corruption because every individual pays the price of corruption in the society.
“What is important is not just fighting the old corrupt system. Really, if we must make progress, our focus should be to replace the old order that was corrupt with a new order that makes corruption near impossible to take place,” the Speaker stated.
He said strong measures and mechanisms must be put in place for the fight against corruption to succeed.
“”Recently, in the labour community, we went for May Day and some of us were nearly held hostage. You can’t blame the workers. While they were agitating for their rights, agitating for minimum wage, some of us are talking about living wage. You see, the workers control, perhaps, about 96 percent of the budget. In the National Assembly, we have about 92 percent, judiciary and the rest.
So, if you don’t make the environment conducive for those who administer this money not to want to be corrupt, you will end up jailing people,” Dogara argued.