The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission(ICPC) has urged religious and traditional leaders to join in the fight against corruption in their respective communities.
Mr George Lawal, ICPC’s Commissioner in Adamawa, made the call while presenting a paper at the public sensitisation on value reorientation in the fight against corruption on Wednesday in Yola.
The paper was entitled: “National Ethics And Integrity Policy: Citizens Roles In Its Implementation”.
He said that religious and traditional leaders have vital roles to play in teaching their followers on the need to imbibe good moral conducts and integrity in their day-to-day activities.
Lawal also tasked civil society organisations and the media, as the watch dog of the society, to speak out on the need for Nigerians to join in the fight against corruption practices.
According to him, there is need to reward those who are doing the right things and punish those engaging in corrupt practices to serve as a warning to others.
“Those who commit crime need to be punished and the ICPC is doing a lot in that direction, including monitoring of constituency projects.
“It is good to ensure all the projects are being executed because it is government that is funding the projects”, he said.
Also in his presentations , Prof. Ibrahim Adamu, a Lecturer at Modibbo Adama University of Technology, Yola, said that corruption had eroded the Nigerian value system.
“In a wide perspective, corruption has eroded trust, weaken our democracy, hinder economic development, promotes inequality, poverty , social division and environmental crisis,” he said.
Adamu also called for attitudinal change against corrupt practices for the country to achieve her desired objectives (NAN)