Re­tired permsec blames ‘rel­a­tives’ for cor­rup­tion

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Ab­dul­la­teef Salau

The im­me­di­ate-past Per­ma­nent Sec­re­tary, Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs Am­bas­sador Sola Enikanolaiye said fam­ily and friends push pub­lic of­fi­cers to en­gage in cor­rupt prac­tices by plac­ing ‘un­nec­es­sary’ fi­nan­cial bur­den on them.

Enikanolaiye, at a re­cep­tion or­gan­ised in his hon­our in Abuja at the week­end, said too many fi­nan­cial ex­pec­ta­tions on high rank­ing gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials by rel­a­tives and ac­quain­tances, force them to look for all means to meet those ex­pec­ta­tions.

“Nige­ri­ans should not try to mount too much pres­sure on pub­lic ser­vants. The ex­pec­ta­tions are sim­ply too much. They ex­pect you to give them cash, job, and help them solve all sorts of prob­lems.

“Peo­ple you never met be­fore, they don’t know you, they just get your phone num­bers and be­gin to call that I want to get mar­ried, I want to pay some fees, do this and that. I won­der how you ex­pect a per­ma­nent sec­re­tary to get that kind of money,” he said.

Enikanolaiye, there­fore, en­joined all Nige­ri­ans to sup­port the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment fight against cor­rup­tion. This, he said, could be done by not putting too much pres­sure on high rank­ing pub­lic ser­vants.

He also urged pub­lic of­fi­cers to im­bibe the spirit of com­mit­ment to­wards civil ser­vice.

For­mer Min­is­ter of Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs, Pro­fes­sor Ibrahim Gam­bari ex­tolled the virtues of Enikanolaiye, say­ing he dis­tin­guished him­self in places he had served.

“He left the for­eign min­istry as glo­ri­ous as the ser­vice he pro­vided,” he said.

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