by Omolola Odugbesan
Granting state pardon to convicted public office holders is a way of promoting corruption and this should be controlled. This was the submission of a former minister of the federal capital territory (FCT) Malam Nasir el-Rufai, at a lecture organized by the association of muslim businessmen in Lagos on Sunday.
He expressed dissatisfaction over the act of granting state pardon to convicted public office holders.
Among the pardoned convicted office holders is Chief Dieprye Alaieyeseigha, Former Governor of Balyesa State.
He said provision of welfare packages for public office holders will go a long way in reducing corruption in the country.
He also said the presence of corruption in the system of governance has affected the basic amenities like Security, electricity, water and infrastructure.
El-Rufai said the security challenge in the country is due to the failure of intelligence agencies, which were also affected by corruption.
Also Mr. Musbaudeen Oyefeso, the President of the group urged the government at all levels to fight corruption and other problems facing the country.
He said the theme of the programme is aimed at providing solutions to the rate at which corruption is increasing in the country.
He stressed that there is need to control the spread of corruption, we only hear that efforts are being made, but nothing has been done to stop the trend.
However, the chairman of the occasion, Otunba Lateef Owoyemi, suggested that teaching corruption studies in schools will help in controlling the scourge.