Are Nigerians Madly Corrupt?
Professor Itse Sagay is wondering why some persons have become hardened in corruption that they no longer fear its consequences.
Sagay is the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC) and he seems overwhelmed by his discoveries on the job.
“Now, we need to ask ourselves what the problem really is. We are definitely overwhelmed by the epidemic of kleptomania. But do we also have a collective psychiatric problem?
“Why should a person loot what he cannot spend in 10 lifetimes, thereby exposing the rest of the population to misery, hunger, poverty and wretchedness?” he asked.
The event was a two-day national dialogue on corruption organised by PACAC in collaboration with the Office of the Vice President.
He wondered why funds meant for the provision of water, housing, hospital; schools and infrastructure development in the Niger Delta region have been diverted into buying cars.
After purchasing 70 cars, including eight Super Lexus Jeeps at N78 million each and 10 Land Cruisers each costing N63 million, he said that the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has been reckless with funds.
“The cars were bought with money from funds meant for infrastructure, water, housing, hospital, schools, without conscience and without a thought for the wretched people of the Niger Delta.
“These huge sums were plundered from their allocations and yet the Managing Director was ironically complaining as reported by the Nation newspaper of Feb. 6, 2017 that the NDDC lacks funds to execute projects.
“The managing director also said that NDDC was in debt up to the tune of N1.2 trillion. What an irony.
“The recklessness with which public officers spend public funds is insensitive to the point of insanity. The level of insensitivity has become pathological,” he said.
He also had tough words for the Nigeria Customs Service, saying they have have not changed in spite of efforts by the the current administration.