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BY BUSARI OLOLADE ARAMIDE MUJAHEEDAH

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#FggcOyoMourns #BlackSunday

Sunday 30th, October 2016 – the resumption day – from midterm break for all FGGC Oyo students. That fateful day turned out to be an agonisingly painful day which we will remember for the rest of our lives!

The excitement in me on this day was ecstatic as I was in the company of my dad and my younger sister – a JSS 1 student of FGGC Oyo – on the trip to FGGC Oyo to drop her off after the short midterm break. My excitement spurn from the fact that the trip presented me the opportunity to visit the great citadel of learning and the alma mata – FGGC Oyo – which I owe everything I’ve become today.

As an indigene of Oyo town, a thorough born and bred Oyo town specie and an alumnus of FGGC Oyo, I recognise when something unusual has happened on the Owode-Sabo-Owinni route. Upon getting to the main road leading to FGGC Oyo, the traffic was unusually heavy that even pedestrians couldn’t walk freely. I knew something terrible had happened.

As the gridlock got static and unbearable, my dad instructed me to get out of the car and enquire about the cause of the traffic jam. After about a 20-meter walk, I encountered people walking towards my direction in uncontrollable tears, crying profusely, wailing abjectly, cursing strongly. Instantly, I heard whispers underneath the cacophony of tears that a very fatal  accident had occurred some meters ahead.

There was no need to ask further questions, I turned back immediately to give the situation report to my travelling convoy. I narrated the hearsay to my folks exactly as I heard. With the situation of things, we had no alternative than to find all means to leave the road for an alternative route which we did eventually.

We left and finally got to school but my sister wasn’t “checked in” by the house mistress because her hair wasn’t properly barbed. We had to go back to SABO MARKET where the accident had occurred to get her hair properly trimmed. Upon getting to the barber’s shop with my sister, as is common with all salons, it was here that we were fully briefed of what happened and those involved. I couldn’t hold back my tears when we heard FOUR FEGGO GIRLS were involved in the ghastly accident. I kept on praying solemnly for all to be fine. Despite my tears, I had to look away and remain calm in other not to scare my kid sister but deep inside me, I was scared, worried of the worse.

Due to this fear I didn’t bother to get close to the scene of the accident but my father did. Upon getting back I could see it in his eyes, it was written boldly and legibly on his face, the expression on his face said it all – that the scene is very bloody! He could only muster the following meek words: “Lolade, ìbèyèn bad gán” – Lolade, that place is very bad. He uttered the words with his head bent down while shaking his head. It was then that it dawned on me that the accident must have been very fatal. He told me some passengers were still stuck underneath the Garri truck that fell on the ‘korope’ bus conveying the passengers to school. He further narrated that efforts was still ongoing to retrieve those stuck underneath the truck but it was difficult difficult and all efforts to get a towing van proved abortive.

Those involved are some people’s daughters, sisters, cousins, friends,classmates, dorm girls and school mates. They lost their lives in pain and anguish! This accident was a disaster in waiting. It begs lots of questions: why should heavy-duty trucks be on such narrow road? Why should a market be around there? Why do traders have to display their goods by the roadside? Why can’t the government, the agencies or the people involved put a stop to the numerous illegal activities happening on this road? Tell me why do we have to lose our fellow sisters in this manner?

#FEGGOgirlsAsk!

We know almost every year that we lose one of us but this years’ loss is unbeatable!

This pain is just too much for us to bear!

It’s a pain that will take forever to heal!

It’s a memory that can never be erased!

Please tell me how to console those that are very dear to these deceased girls?

To all FEGGOSIANs that we have lost to untimely deaths over the years, we pray y’all continue to rest in perfect peace.

KEHINDE OMOWUMI MAHBUBAT (a family friend, close friend), ANYAEGBU CHEKWUBE (a friend), may you continue to rest in the Lord’s abode.

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FGGC Oyo Signpost with the Owode-Sabo-Owinni road in the background

I, Busari Mujaidah Ololaden, an alumnus of FGGC OYO, and now a FUTA student, pleads with our government at all levels to endeavour to save our remaining sisters schooling at FGGC Oyo by fixing the Owode-Sabo-Owinni road.

With tears and pain in my heart, I plead and beg with every Nigerian – you don’t have to be a student of this school to support this movement – to join us in our struggle to lend our voice to the plight of the students of FGGC Oyo.

The horror of the accident could have happened to any of us or any of our relatives.

Please share, tag, repost till this gets to the places where our voices MUST be heard.

Let’s save lives!

#SaveOurLives
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Sunday, October 30, 2016, will go down in the annals of the The Federal Government Girls’ College, Oyo, as a #BlackSunday as the college’s community was thrown into anguish when reports filtered in that four schoolgirls from that citadel of learning were involved in a ghastly motor accident about two kilometers from the school gate on their return to school after the brief mid-term break.

The students, from various destinations, had already arrived in Oyo town according to the Public Relations Officer of the school, Mr. Akin Olumide Omitade. The students, like most of their colleagues who resumed had boarded a bus at Owode en route the school before the unfortunate incident which claimed their lives occurred.

The deceased, according to the school PRO are: John Olubukola (SS3), Giwa Taibat (SS3), Ladipo Mojisola (SS1) and Ibirogba Maryam (JS3).

Giving a vivid account of the incident, the Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu, said: “A DAF truck loaded with garri fell on a Suzuki commercial mini bus conveying students of the Federal Government Girls’ College, Oyo.

“As a result, four of the students and the bus driver died while five others were injured and were taken to Peamark Hospital, Oyo for medical treatment. They are responding to treatment and investigation has since commenced.” Ajisebutu further informed that the erring driver of the truck had been arrested by the police for further investigation.

The spokesman of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Oyo State, Oluwaseun Onijala, said the accident which occurred around 3:30p.m, was as a result of dangerous driving.

 

* FGGC Oyo students mourning their departed heroines

The deceased FGGC Oyo “FOUR” might have woken up very early that Sunday morning in the comfort of their respective abodes without any inkling of what was going to happen that day. You might have all shuffled to the bathroom to have your bath with your eyes still heavy with sleep, your bodies still weak and your mind fixated on the journey back to school. No matter how long a break is, the boarding house folks are always wary of returning to school. The prospect of homely luxury being taken away from us drives us to sober reflection. We only console ourselves with the countdown to graduation. Knowing fully well that each trip to or fro is one less trip to graduation.

Upon pouring cold water from the shower on your body at home, you all probably started to formulate strategies on how to survive the remaining weeks of the term. This Sunday morning bath would have been meticulously done as you are all aware that tomorrow’s bath would be in the overcrowded FGGC Oyo bathroom and/or stinking bathroom. If the stench chokes your nostrils, some of you might have resorted to taking your bath in the courtyard or on the corridors in front of your rooms!

You probably would have made the trip early, but you had to attend the Sunday service or the NASFAT Assalatu with the family. You didn’t know it was the last for you.

Making the trip after the Sunday service meant your journey must have been truncated by gridlocks sandwiched by the scorching sun. To make your plights worse, the NURTW busses from your respective locations had no AC. You must have slept through some portion of the trip too as you blank out thinking about the remaining weeks of boarding house stress.

Those thoughts on dressing up quickly and sweeping your “portions” on time as the bell rings for breakfast. The “wicked” plans on making the junior students go through the excruciatingly painful experience you had during your junior days as a junior student are all gone now. The prefects among you might have rehearsed how you would bellow out orders, shouting out loudly for everybody to start leaving for the dining hall, shouting threats to the last person to leave the dormitory, while the junior ones among you might have also perfected plans of not falling into the trap of those “wicked” seniors.

 

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Let’s travel in time to Monday, October 31, 2016 with the assumption that the accident did not occur on Sunday. This is how your Monday routine would look like:

A breakfast of say watery and tasteless beans pottage, you would have eaten anyway, and proceeded to the assembly hall and then to the classrooms for the days’ studies. The first period might have been that of the boring and strict Mathematics teacher whom you have nicknamed “almighty formula”, or the semi literate Biology “corper”, whose original course of study in the university was Agriculture, or the interesting English teacher, whom you named “alacrity”, who uses big grammar to confuse you while she barely makes correct sentences. Besides all these, you might have had a normal day in class and closed for the day in time for lunch.

After the routine of going to the “dorm”, changing into your house wear, and the day’s lunch of dry jollof rice without meat (meat is actually a luxury to you), you return just in time for the Muslims afternoon prayer and your siesta. The junior ones among you might not even be in the mood for siesta yet you might have been ordered to lie quietly on your beds and shut your eyes. Just when sleep was about to overtake you, the sharp ringing of the bell jolts you, followed by the prefect’s orders for you to wake up, say your prayers (for the Muslims) and go to the classroom for “prep”, which also means evening study.

After closing at 6 o’clock, you might have returned to the dormitory to mill around and socialise with one another before time for dinner, while some of you washed your dirty uniforms in front of your various “houses”/”dorms”, in preparation for a tomorrow that you will never see.

Dinner is the usual eba and egusi soup. It is Thursday after all and you hated it. During our own time we also hated it especially the eba – for if it is not watery soft, it would be always lumpy while the egusi and vegetable in the soup is usually separated by an ocean of water. I hear that things are now worse. The smart ones among you might have even exchanged the night’s meat against tomorrow afternoon’s fried fish in a trade-by-barter exchange, not knowing that they have eaten the last meal in their lives.

After dinner, night prep and a little free time of usual teenage banters, soaking garri and so on, you might have gone to bed after lights out thinking “oh what a long day”, and looking forward to a tomorrow that will never come. As you wandered about in dreamland, little did you know that some wicked seniors are planning against you for tomorrow!

All these nostalgic memories I’ve highlighted above will no longer be a part of your lives as that life has been snuffed out of you!

 

* FGGC Oyo students mourning their fallen colleagues!

We may never know how everything happened during those final moments before your innocent lives were prematurely terminated, but what we know is that you have been failed by the nation and the very people who swore to protect you. The country which you pledged to defend its honour every morning on the assembly ground deserted you at your hour of need. All that is left to your grieving families and friends are your memories, which they will live with for the rest of their lives.

The media outfits are reporting that the security agents and the road agency will commence investigation into the accident after ruling that the accident was caused by over-speeding/dangerous driving. How we wish they could investigate why the state of the road is also in a mess or why the Sabo market at that portion of the road hasn’t be relocated to de-congest that ever busy road!

 

* Bad portion of the Sabo-Owinni Market Road

The following questions become pertinent:

  1. How “ply-able” is the condition of the Sabo-Owinni Market road?
  2. Why has the government – over the years – not constructed a more conducive and spacious market for the traders at Sabo and thereby relocating the Sabo market to the new market?
  3. Why did the respective regulatory/enforcement agencies look the other way despite the numerous hazard involved while market women/men continued to display wares on the road side, thus chopping into the available motorists road space?
  4. The Sabo market has been shutdown indefinitely in the aftermath of the accident. Why wait till we die before we do the needful as a nation? Can’t we be proactive as a people?

Our sincere hope is that your death and that of many other victims of this senselessness of ghastly road accidents in this country may not go in vain, that the people who are entrusted with the duty of constructing roads, maintaining roads, ensuring roads are vehicle-worthy, maintaining law and order, constructing markets, formulating policies all aimed at protecting lives will wake up to the challenge and make the nation a safer place for all of us. Adieu.

 

Contributors:

  1. Faridah Umar [@faridah_m].
  2. Comrade Ololade Mujaheedah [@meejaydimpz]

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The Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) since its establishment by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) in 1971 through the National Universities Commission (NUC) via the Industrial Training Fund (ITF), has remained a worthwhile and commendable scheme in equipping students of Nigerian tertiary institutions with the requisite industrial exposure, technical expertise and managerial skills, which together with the academic studies aim to produce competent graduates groomed for after-school accomplishments.

For many, the Industrial Training (IT) programme was a springboard for later achievements, majorly serving as avenue for acquiring hands-on skills for job opportunities, professional networking and/or motivation for final-year projects or graduate thesis/research studies. However, like other noble initiatives of the Nigerian State such as the NYSC, SURE-P programme etc, the IT scheme is faced with a myriad of challenges, among which are securing appropriate placement, acquisition of right skills, monitoring and supervision as well as students’ welfare.

Narrowing down to FUTA, to be called IT brethren means a lot and is usually greeted with much joy and enthusiasm. It means time to escape night classes, tests and assignments, make some cool cash and come back to campus fat, yes fat after 6 (supposedly stress-free) months. And if per chance you don’t make money on IT, at least you have 15k allowance or stipend to collect from FG through the ITF. This ‘’allowee’’ used to be so sure that some students usually dedicate a portion to their religious or social organizations for part-5 projects as a way of giving back to the society.

Like a joke, this stipend started triggering protests on campus and confrontations with management before being paid, eventually. As far as I can remember, the 2008 IT students were the last set to receive their stipend within one year of completing the programme. They got paid before convocation. Ever since, getting the 15k has been a funny experience. For the 2012 set onwards agitating for IT allowance, don´t worry, it will eventually come, may be after four years like in my case but hopefully not double pay like mine. Believe me, it’s a pitiable experience on the State of Our Nation. The memories linger and the story lives on, till today!

I had my IT between May and October 2010. It was a nice experience. I learnt a lot and it did not stop there. My final-year project was based on that experience. Three (3) years after, I was not paid. Then news filtered around that students from other institutions were getting paid and that we should send emails with our details to ITF.

On 22/09/2013, I sent the email to finance@itf-nigeria.com and copied fieldservices@itf-nigeria.com as directed. Ten (10) months later (17/07/2014), I got the N15,000 alert from ITF. Finally, I got paid after almost 4 years after undertaking the programme. But that’s not all!

Six (6) months later (22/01/2015), I got another alert of N14,926.50 from same ITF. It was not only me, some of my colleagues got double too, while some of our friends got none. Some days after, the 15k was placed on Lien account (whatever that means) by my bank on the order of ITF. It shows in the balance but cannot be withdrawn. If already withdrawn, it remains there as debit for you (negative) waiting for any deposit to take effect.

After a few days, I went to ITF Akure Office to complain, that they should remove their money from my account. Some of my colleagues like @Seun Animasahun, @Ifedapo Arowolo did same. The lady brought out some documents and explained it was a mistake and would be sorted out. She said they were worried that some people had already withdrawn the money. I told her that being my salary account, there would ´´always´´ be money above that sum there, and that was the situation as I spoke with her. That they should remove it. Twenty-one (21) months after, the money is still lying there useless as ´´Lien account´´ with expiry date of 31/12/2099 (83 years’ time [I don’t know if I will live till then!]). May be in accounting terms, that’s the time the bank can legally take over the money if still unclaimed. Yet, so many have not been paid.

I decided to give this account following agitations on social media by graduates of the scheme from 2012 set Salami Ismail El’sama, 2014 set Ogunjimi Obaseyi Obash and others, perhaps this shout-out can serve as a wake-up call to ITF to do the needful. I join them in saying #ItfPay2014Set #beenLongEnufBiko #payWhenItPays. The 15k paid on time at the right time can be more meaningful than a hundred-fold of it paid at another. ITF, please don’t pay it when they will dash someone else. It’s an entitlement. Some students, like myself then, spent more than the 15k commuting to the industries during the IT period, despite even relocating close to the establishment.

Sadly, this syndrome of delayed payment is not peculiar to ITF, other MDAs are culpable too. As an industrial trainee, the staff of the establishment where I trained were during the period paid like a 10-year welfare package in arrears after lots of agitations. As a corp member [corper, as popularly called], I was paid like 6-month allowance in arrears. As a worker, some of my ogas were paid like 5-year welfare package after prolonged strike actions. All these are Federal Government establishments. The case with state governments may even be worse, perhaps. And if this happens to agile staff, you can only imagine what pensioners go through, with many dying without collecting their entitlement.

My advice in this regard is what Abdullah ibn Umar reported, that the Messenger of Allah, Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Pay the worker his wages before his sweat dries” {Hasan, Sunan ibn Majah}.

On a final, lighter note, I want to remind ITF to please credit my account with N73.50 (seventy-three Naira, fifty kobo) if they eventually remove the 15k from the Lien account tomorrow, as my pay should be 15k, not N14,926.50 or explain what the deduction was for. Stipends are not taxable. Are they?

It is my hope (and prayer) that things will change in this era of change!

God bless Nigeria.

Written by:
Sherif Busari

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The Office of the Senate President, National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) writes, first and foremost, to categorically condemn the continued non payment of SIWES Allowance to students who had participated in the Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) from 2010 – 2015 by the Industrial Training Fund (ITF).

Secondly, the Office of the Senate President, NANS, writes to demand for the full probe of the Industrial Training Fund (ITF) by the Economic Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for non payment of ITF stipends to students from 2010 – 2015.

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), upon carrying out an extensive and rigorous investigation across various institutions in Nigeria, wishes to state in unequivocal terms that evidences exist beyond reasonable doubt that there is a systemic and endemic fraud being perpetuated at the ITF National Headquarters,Jos, Plateau State in partnership with the respective ITF offices in each state of the federation.

During the course of the nationwide investigation carried out by the Office of the Senate President, NANS, evidences/documents were obtained showing approval and disbursement of fund for the payment of SIWES Allowance for 2010 – 2015 SIWES set of students by the Federal Government.

The various ITF offices in each state of the federation has, over the years, been diverting hard earned stipend which students are entitled to under the pretense of ‘inaccurate bank details’ submitted by the students. This illegality is in connivance with the various commercial banks anchoring the SIWES Allowance payment. We call on the EFCC to also beam the agency’s searchlight on all banks handling the payment of SIWES Allowance to Nigerian students. Any bank found culpable in this unethical practice should be duly sanctioned.

Furthermore, the Office of the Senate President, NANS, also discovered instances of SIWES Allowance being lodged with the ITF office, Jos, Plateau State. This is a well calculated attempt to divert, loot, and siphon the only form of subsidy being enjoyed by Nigerian students by the top echelons of ITF.

There is no moral justification, nor financial analogy for the non payment of SIWES Allowance to Nigerian students. We call on the ITF to learn from the swift, clean and efficient payment portal deployed by NYSC in the payment of monthly Corps members allowance with little or no fuss.

There should be a collaborative, cooperative, productive and positive synergy between various Ministries and MDAs of the Federal Government for effective implementations of various policies to better the lives of the Nigerian students and masses.

NANS finds it unacceptable, unpalatable, unprofessional and corruption-riddled if the process of payment of ITF/SIWES Allowance takes an average of THREE years from disbursement by the Federal Government to receipt by students!

NANS finds it unpatriotic on the part of the ITF as an agency and top ITF officials bringing this untoward hardship on Nigerian students for any student not to get paid for his/her complete the 6-month of I.T. scheme.

Finally, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) is giving a two-week ultimatum to the ITF for the immediate commencement of payment of all outstanding SIWES Allowance from 2010 – 2015. Failure to commence the payment will leave us with no choice than to mobilise across all campuses in each state to stage a coordinated protest at the various ITF offices in every state to air our grievances over the non payment of the SIWES Allowance. The association would not hesitate to fully activate our nationwide mobilisation machineries to stage a grand protest at the ITF National Headquarter, Jos, Plateau State.

Signed:
Comrade Bamigbade Taiwo ‘Egalitarian’
Senate President,
National Association of Nigerian Students

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I still don’t want to believe Iroko met with PMB at the Villa yesterday!

I’m anxiously waiting for the pictures from that ‘rumoured’ meeting.

PMB has been president for about 15 months now, Iroko had not deemed it fit enough to honour the presidency with a visit.

He had refused to see and accept PMB as the president of the country because the man he backed and promised 1,000,000 votes in the 2015 presidential election – GEJ – lost.

Now that pockets of protest took place yesterday in both Akure and Ondo town, he reportedly visited the President to inform him of the ‘imminent dangers’ of the current political turmoil rocking the PDP in Ondo state and its threat to the peace and tranquillity of Ondo state as the ‘Chief Security Officer’ of the state! 😂😂

I’m a very good fan and admirer of Iroko – he is an intellectually sound politician and massive grassroot mobiliser – but in my opinion, he has boxed himself into a very tight corner with his handling of the PDP in Ondo state.

The acrimony between the ‘old PDP’ bloc and the ‘new PDP’ bloc in Ondo State was never attended to, let alone healed.

I’m waiting patiently for the day Fayose will also pay PMB a Villa visit!

I hope we – the youths – are all learning from the ongoing political macadabra going on in Ondo state in particular and in Nigeria in general.

 

There are insinuations that Iroko’s villa visit was to tell PMB what Ondo state people are capable of doing with respect to electorally induced robbery.

Please what are Ondo state people capable of doing?

I want to believe inferences are being drawn to the resolute Ondo state people’s revolt in the aftermath of the declaration of the results of the election between Pa Ajasin’s Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) and Pa Omoboriowo’s National Party of Nigeria (NPN) crisis of 1983.

Let us look at the 1983 crisis which subsequently had a ripple effect across the country, thus eventually leading to the overthrow of the Second Republic.

1. 1983 was a General Election year. Hence there was palpable political tension all over the country as politicians across the region and states had heated up the polity.

2. The 1983 election was believed/adjudged to have been massively rigged across the length and breadth of Nigeria.

3. The then electoral body (FEDECO) declared Omoboriowo’s National Party of Nigeria (NPN) has the winner of the Governorship poll in Ondo State. The people of the state took to the streets.

4. Upon appeal, the High Court, the Appeal Court and the Supreme Court later affirmed that Ajasin’s Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) polled 885,311 votes while Omoboriowo’s National Party of Nigeria (NPN) polled 413,469 votes.

5. The above is the prognosis of the crisis.

Now, I don’t get how that history is comparable to the ongoing crisis rocking Ondo State PDP in particular and Ondo State in general?

Firstly, there’s no general election. Thus there’s no nationwide political tension. The forthcoming Ondo State election is an isolated poll. No matter the outcome, no matter the ‘conflagration’ that would emanate from the poll, security operatives would quench it. If it gets soooooo bad, a state of emergency would be declared in the state!

Secondly, take the just concluded Edo State poll for instance. It was an isolated poll, thus there was no nationwide political tension. Upon the declaration of the results, there were pockets of protest here and there – either sponsored or genuine – expressing grievances with the results. But today, the protest has fizzled out completely.

Thirdly, I would have been worried if it was a General Election year. It is in that instance that a crisis in one state can trigger and ‘ginger’ crisis in another state, thus leading to a national political crisis which could in turn result to the overthrow of the central government as occurred in the 1983 election /1984 overthrow of the Shagari government.

Finally, Mimiko’s villa visit should have taken place about 6 months ago with the sole aim of closing ranks with the presidency. The national power structure had shifted from his ally – GEJ – to PMB, Iroko should have aligned forces accordingly by mending the ‘old PDP’ and the ‘new PDP’ fences! You can’t be in the opposition with a ‘divided’ house. Who does that?

As youths, we all should be learning from the ongoing political macadabra in the land. Our turn – either sooner or later – to lead this country shall come.

#BeWise

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The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) needs to be an independent police but my fear is that as a nation, we are too emotional to allow government agencies be independent! These are the fundamentals!

For the police to be independent, they have to be accountable to the local authorities – State or whatever. But the rule of law must override emotion and sentiment for it to work.

Our police listens to the dictates of the President and/or the Governor. It’s the reason the presidency can pull security details attached to governors or federal legislators. It’s also the reason a governor can harass state legislators or the opposition politicians.

This and many more are the core components of all the noise we make about restructuring.

Not just the executives. Our police listens to the wife of a warlord or 419 who butters his bread. Our police duly carries her bag and salutes her too. These are the realities that must be dealt with. The mental-poverty-stricken value system.

The blackman – over the years – has been lagging in the ability to manage success and leadership; the reason they become bullish once on top.

While I understand the focus being placed on the Jurisprudence organ as the top of the law enforcement value-chain, the entire value chain in law and order/enforcement, needs complete overhauling and for that to happen, I am sorry folks we need to address our structural, fundamental and foundational issues. Do we still need a powerful central government? Should we go with Fiscal Federalism? Privatisation? etc

The private sector – which prides itself in professionalism – is actually worse hit by corruption. Which is why the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) recently released a new National Code of Corporate Governance for both publicly quoted and private companies. We have to begin to do things right. We can’t be shouting politicians, legislators, public servants etc but leave the private sector in a cesspool of fraud and unethical conduct.

Until we are ready to take the bull by the horn – even if that’s a cliché – we are only entertaining ourselves with commentaries and innuendos!

The fundamentals MUST be addressed!

 

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What Nigeria needs is a collaborated action to address the cause of the fundamental and endemic rot in the entire Nigerian system.

There cannot be justice when a policeman conducts himself professionally unethical! Same the gate man, court clerk, teacher, lawyer, religious leaders, chief of staff, etc

What matters is that Nigerians share the same vision and tenets of nation building, that should be the paramount driver and basis for our laws, policies, etc because we are not a homogeneous country and as such our religious tenets and ethnicity which primarily drives our country should be secondary.

I delved into religion and ethnicity because our structural and foundational issues have not made nation building our singular vision but it has created a country that allows religion and ethnicity to be drivers and as such you get this dysfunction that drives corruption, because there is no national unity of thought and vision.

Every household has its own water borehole and that’s where we have degenerated to. We need to address our foundational and structural issues, or else fighting corruption is hopeless. Corruption in Nigeria is the grand child of our dysfunctional history, structures , foundation, vision etc.

Let’s cut to the chase. The cardinal point in fighting corruption is a well trained, well paid, reformed and clean police. To cut a tree from the bottom is easier and saner!

Police restructuring is distinct from national restructuring but it’s part of national rebirth. Y’all can read up Edgar J Hoover’s legacy.

No nation diminishes societal corruption without first reforming the police; otherwise, it’s viewed as and can be skewed to selective justice!
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