Drug barons, internet scammers, others flocking into politics, Soludo warns

The Anambra state governor-elect, Prof Charles Chukuma Soludo, has said that drug barons, internet scammers and other criminals were flocking into politics as the next easy alternative due to noose tightened globally on other criminal enterprises.

The former governor of the Central Bank, however charged professionals joining politics to make a difference.

Speaking at the weekend in Abuja, while delivering his keynote address at the 2021 pioneer class convocation, Soludo challenged the graduating students of School of Politics, Policy and Governance (SPPG) to deliberately mainstream volunteerism for the service of political leadership in Africa and Nigeria.

Soludo charged the graduands to show honesty and their knowledge to have a new Nigeria, to create the change that would lead to having a new Nigeria.

“There is almost a sense of nostalgia, recalling the mission and accomplishments of our founding fathers, especially as we contemplate the world without oil.

“Much of the existing social order is founded on competition for, and distribution of rents, oil and the easy money that came with it destroyed the social fabric and the elite created new institutions and political structures to maximise their gains.

“As the noose tightened globally on other rentiers/criminal enterprises such as drug trafficking or internet scamming, many of the barons flocked into politics as the next easy alternative.

“Politics has become big business. Appointment or election into public office is seen largely as an opportunity to ‘eat’ rather than a call to selfless service,” he said.

Soludo added that a classic feature of the political environment is that corruption has become part of the “culture”, with little incentive for honesty.

“Fixing politics requires talents and skills. But these won’t be enough. It won’t happen by lone wolves working in silos.

“It requires new developmental organisations –organisations/teams of believers, driven by defined ideology, purpose and character.”

Speaking also, Dr. Obiageli Ezekwesili, Founder of SPPG, charged the graduands to embrace leadership skills that would transform the society.

“The society must be contested for and you should pioneer the space for that leadership.”

She said the school would be replicated in across six other African countries as a way of liberating Africa out of extractive colonialism.

Vice-Chancellor, Alero Ayida-Otobo, SPPG, urged the graduands towards having an unquenchable thirst to raise standards while kicking injustice, religious intolerance and lawlessness out of the country.


Negligence: Gbajabiamila charges health workers on ethics, medical lawJanuary 30, 2022 Muhammad Tanko Shittu

Speaker of the House Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, Saturday, charged health workers to maintain the culture of due diligence in patient’s management within the confine of ethical and legal perspective.

Speaker Gbajabiamila made the call while declaring opening a 3-day training programme for health workers themed; “Bio-Ethics and medical law,” in Jos, the Plateau state.

Represented by his Aaviser on health matters, Doctor Femi Aworinde, the speaker said with the advent of Covid-19, reports of negligence have escalated with many health workers abdicating their responsibilities out of fear of contracting the virus.

“This has tremendously affected the quality of care provided and has predictably resulted in increased morbidity rates in our hospitals, mostly as a result of medical conditions other than the covid-19 disease,” he said.

Gbajabiamila said the training is aimed at, “restarting the culture of due diligence in patient’s management and ensuring that health professionals leave with a refreshed understanding of the ethical and legal perspective to practice.”

In his remark, the minister of health, Doctor Osagie Ehanire, represented by the acting Medical Director of the Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), Doctor Pokop Bipwada, while appreciating the Speaker, said the initiative was a complementary and collaborative approached aim at strengthening the health care system.

Also speaking, President of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), Professor Innocent Ujah, said Gbajabiamila is greatly concerned about the health sector in the country.

“He has positive passion for healthcare delivery in this country and we need to support him” he said.

The NMA President decried high level of brain drained in the Nigerian’s health sector.

“Last month about 100 consultants have to leave this country for greener pastures,” he said.