The Bauchi State governor, Alhaji Muhammad Abubakar, has said one of the cardinal principles of the present administration is to bring about change in all jurisdictions and attitudinal re-orientation, geared towards changing the psychology of Nigerians, to make them responsible citizens.
He disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a summit on anti-corruption organised by the Anti-Corruption and Psychological Rebirth Group.
He said Nigerians must be conscious of their civic responsibility and inculcate in them, the virtues of patriotism and nationality, while government media outreach should be used respectively in the new national orientation programmes.
The governor, who was represented by Bauchi State’s head of service, Liman Bello, said “ the family has a crucial role to play in modeling a child and our schools also. By so doing, we will be in line with the global best practices. Currently, we are no longer our brothers’ keepers, considering the level of decadence in the country.”
Abubakar lamented that the present administration is no doubt, saddled with enormous responsibilities.
He said, “In other to rediscover ourselves, there must be a deliberate and systematic policy direction which will set a new agenda to ensure our existence as a decent and disciplined nation.
“We can only achieve the Nigeria of our dream if we deal with corruption which has eaten too deep in our social life. Our future as a nation can only depend on how successful we are in fighting corruption”.
Earlier in her opening remarks, the director-general, Anti-Corruption and Psychological Rebirth Group, Dr Olu Sybil Usim-Wilson, said the summit was to create awareness to the nation towards establishing an institutional mechanism backed by legislation that would interface with agencies like Life International Foundation and on the side of the government agencies like National Orientation Agency(NOA), News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) and Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) as strong vehicles of information dissemination.”
She urged the federal government to create functional and workable solutions that have capacity to balance behaviour modification mechanisms, which will form basic tools for waging war against corruption in Nigeria.