BY:Rachael Ogunmuyiwa

 Ike Ekweremadu, the Deputy Senate president of Nigeria has identified federating the fight against corruption as one of the ways to be free from the menace.

Speaking on “Federalism and the Legal Framework for Combating Corruption in Nigeria”, on the occasion of the 4th National Public Service lecture  of the University of Ibadan Alumni Association, Nigeria, he said, “until we federate the fight against corruption, we will continue to have a problem.”

According to him, doing so would require amendment of the constitution and grouping of the police force on the concurrent list, establishment of anti-corruption agencies in all thirty-six states of the federation, etc.

Ekweremadu blamed our loss of values, ineffective re-orientation on morality, weak legal system, extended family system, cultural practices of polygamy, and absence of fiscal federalism as some of the factors responsible for growing corruption in Nigeria.

After thanking everyone who was at the occasion, he called for the support of every Nigerian while saying that Nigeria is a project for all.

Dignitaries who were present at the public lecture include; Vice-Chancellor, University of Ibadan; Prof. Idowu olayinka represented by  the Deputy VC (Administration); Prof. Ambrose Aiyelari, immediate past Deputy VC (Academics); Pof. Gbemisola Oke,  Senator Teslim Folarin, former Dean, Faculty of Arts; Prof. Raji Oyelade, members of the Enugu State Assembly, among others.

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