Ribadu said if people were better educated, their ability to filter right from wrongdoing would attain an appreciable level.
“Education is important to this process. Citizens need to be sufficiently educated to be able to sieve right from the wrongs and demand for what is right.
“The big question is, how do we tackle corruption and minimize its cancerous spread on this our ladder that is public life? How do we stop the termites from eating off the parts that make up this ladder, that may stop our country from ascending to the Eldorado of progress?”
The observation was amongst the 12 recommendations Mr. Ribadu proposed to solving Nigeria’s endemic corruption when he spoke at the 2016 Annual National Management Conference organised by the National Institute of Management (Chartered) in Abuja.
Mr. Ribadu, who spoke on the theme: ‘Minimizing Corruption in Public Life’, decried the pervasive graft in Nigeria and said the time to address the scourge is now.
Ribadu also used his speech to urge transparency, saying an opaque public service is undesirable as it encourages corruption.
“Transparency should be the keyword in all government businesses; from budgeting to award of contracts and even employment. Lack of transparency is the first thing that sows the seed of corruption.”
“Honesty has to be lifted to the position of a prized and rewarding national value. Criminals should not be celebrated as heroes on account of their wealth.
“All government expenditures should be budgeted. Extra-budgetary spending should be criminalised and security votes should be completely phased out,” Mr. Ribadu said.
The 12 recommendations, which include a proposal on cash transactions, subsidies and deployment of technology for efficient procurement in the public service, are listed as follows.