‘Corruption, bane of Nigeria’s growth’
By Omidiran Olasunkanmi
Corruption has been identified as the major challenge militating against the growth of Nigeria’ s economy.
Making this assertion was a former Ondo State House of Assembly member representing Ilaje-Ese Odo Constituency one, Orisagun Olabode
In an interview with The Hope, Olabode who was a member of the House during the third republic said Nigeria was able to make a head- way and recorded huge development in those days because political office holders did not allow themselves to be carried away by bribery and inducements.
He recalled his days as a House of Assembly member between 1992-1993 and narrated how he rejected six million naira brought by a committee sent by Delta State government to induce him to stop propagating that Ondo state has oil.
He revealed that he rejected the money so that the state could move forward and properly harness the potential deposited in it.
His words “I was brought up in “Ayetoro community in Ilaje Ese Odo local government. There was the belief that whatever belongs to you belongs to the community that raised you so no one can do anything in isolation”
He lamented that things have changed as today’s politicians lack character and integrity that would make them to shun corrupt offers that would negatively affect the public good.
He said Nigeria’s problems stemmed from poor leadership and lack of focus as public funds are expended on projects, were of no tangible results.
He therefore urged government of the day to build a country that would be beneficial to all and ensure that dividends of democracy are evenly distributed along all geographical zones.