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Expert calls for tougher measures on war against corruption

20 July 2013, 15:40

Abuja - The Federal Government would require consistent and pragmatic policies to wage war against corruption and win it, Prof. Samuel Ohaegbulam, a medical expert, said in Abuja on Saturday.

Ohaegbulam told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the anti-graft agencies should be strengthened to fight corruption in the interest of the country’s image and economy.

According to him, corruption as applied to both public and private sectors is the abuse of entrusted power for private gains.

"Over the years successive governments have introduced numerous measures to combat corruption, yet corruption is still high in the country,’’ he said.

Ohaegbulam also noted that every citizen of the country was perceived by the international community as corrupt and not trustworthy.

He said that corruption could manifest in different guises, noting that deliberate involvement in activities that were not approved by the society amounts to corrupt practise.

"These include cultism in colleges and universities, election malpractice, award of contracts, appointments for jobs, boards or councils, banking malpractice, sexual harassment, bribery, nepotism, tribalism and conspiracy, among others,’’ he noted.

He also alleged that medical doctors indulged in unethical practises, claiming to have a cure for what they had no competence in managing and soliciting for inducements before service.

Ohaegbulam, therefore, called on governments at all levels, relevant organisations and the public to join in the war against corruption for sustainable development.



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