Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara on Monday advocated for positive values and behavioural change necessary to kick corruption and indiscipline out of the state.
Ahmed made the call in Ilorin at the official of “Change Begins With Me” and Kick Indiscipline and Corruption Out of Kwara” campaign by the National Orientation Agency (NOA) in partnership with the state Ministry for Information and Communications.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Isiaka Gold said the step would be consistent with the Federal Government’s national campaign to arrest and stamp out corruption in our country.
According to him, the journey to nationhood has been bedeviled with several problems which have prevented us from experiencing optimal development in view of our human and natural endowments.
The governor explained that some of these problems included lawlessness, dishonesty, nepotism, crime, indolence, corruption and impunity.
He, however, noted that to rescue the country from its current malaise, it was incumbent on all Nigerians to stand against these problems, especially corruption and negative values, which have retarded our ascendancy as a country.
Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State
“As a government, we are tackling these vices by promoting high levels of accountability and transparency.
“For instance, the distribution of projects, appointments and other dividends of democratic governance among the people of the state is based on equity and merit. “Our civil service is now better positioned and more efficient in service delivery.
“Merit-based recruitment and promotion procedures have been upheld to ensure integrity and promote diligence in the service.
“Furthermore, our establishment of Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS) to block leakages in revenue collection is part of our efforts to prevent abuse and diversion of public funds and increase the pool of funds available for development.
“Additionally, our administration regularly provides the public with information on FAAC allocation receipts and holds town hall meetings to get feedback from the public on government policies and decisions to ensure transparency and accountability in governance”, he said.
The governor stated that these measures show that the approach to governance was underpinned by transparency and accountability which were known antidotes to corruption and tools for the Change we seek for our country.
According to him, the change campaign is meant to elicit positive values from all citizens and residents as well as groups and institutions.
“Whether you a businessman, judge, journalist, civil servant, carpenter, police man, commissioner or local government official, change begins with you. “It begins with me, your Governor”, he added.
“I am suggesting we focus on Nigerians who refuse to the do jobs they are paid for without receiving gratification or what is known in local parlance as “Egunje”.
“I am suggesting we also focus on those who close their eyes to wrong doing because it does not affect them or their families.
“I am suggesting that we focus on those who prosper in our state and share in its resources but refuse to pay taxes,” the governor said.