As the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, wages a relentless war against corruption, the Executive Director, Divine Era Development and Social Rights Initiative (DEDASRI), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Ogechukwu Enwelum, has urged the electorate to reject corrupt politicians in future elections to curb the endemic corruption in the country.
Enwelum stated this in Enugu at the 2nd Enugu South Local Government Area Governance and Security Forum, organized by CLEEN Foundation with support from Ford Foundation.
She regretted that several years of corrupt practices in the country, had deprived the successive governments revenues to provide critical infrastructures as well as social services such as education, water and good transportation system.
“When these services are not provided, the result will be underdevelopment”, according to Enwelum
She continued: “Corruption has the potential and capacity to restrict investments, slow down economic, social and political developments as well as endanger democratic values and increase distrust among the citizenry and investors.
“And to break the circle of corruption in the society would require “seeing something, saying something and doing something.
“It would also require refusing to vote in or idolize leaders who are corrupt. It means the populace taking part in recreating our own history bearing in mind that nation building is a tortuous but rewarding exercise by demanding accountability from our elected leaders”
Also speaking, one of the participants and State Coordinator of Justice for all Programme, Evans Ezeugwu, noted that CLEEN Foundation. had organized programmes for them in policing skills, resolving conflict and organizational management, which culminated in the marriage between the police and Neighbourhood Watch.