Im­punity, cor­rup­tion thwart­ing Nigeria’s growth - Waziri

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

Nigeria can sur­pass the Asian Tigers if it tack­les im­punity and cor­rup­tion, a federal govern­ment del­e­gate at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Ibrahim Dahiru Waziri has said.

He said Nige­ri­ans of­ten looked at other coun­tries achieve­ments such as Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore, Kore­ans, Amer­ica, among oth­ers.

He said Nigeria can also adopt their mod­els by de­vel­op­ing “through re­lent­less pur­suit of ed­u­ca­tion; sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy as well as sen­si­ble, sta­ble eco­nomic poli­cies as they build so­ci­eties firmly an­chored on rule of law.”

“Even as they have big men, they have even big­ger in­sti­tu­tions that have zero tol­er­ance for im­punity, be it cor­rup­tion or our new­est and most deadly af­flic­tion, re­li­gious zealotry and big­otry,” he said.

He said com­plex prob­lems are best ad­dressed with sim­ple so­lu­tions, adding that “let start by re­spect­ing our own laws, let us have zero tol­er­ance for im­punity. Let us stop cel­e­brat­ing medi­ocrity and cor­rup­tion. Let the out­come of our de­lib­er­a­tions show that we care for the fu­ture of our youth, not just our chil­dren.”

He said re­source con­trol should be ad­dressed “to bridge the ever- widen­ing eco­nomic gulf be­tween our var­i­ous states and re­gions.”

He said the “un- planned pop­u­la­tion ex­plo­sion, en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion, the huge in­come in­equal­ity and the vir­tu­ally non- ex­is­tent mid­dle class is a highly charged ex­plo­sive for in­sta­bil­ity.”

He said Nigeria must seek ways to af­ford bet­ter eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for all.

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