Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has faulted the approach employed in fighting the war against corruption.
Dogara, speaking to a delegation from the Fiscal Responsibility Commission (FRC) in Abuja, said with immense “emphasis” placed on the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the country was only dealing with symptoms of corruption whereas “corruption is like a tree”.
“In Nigeria, we have been asking the question, are we earning or are we just running charity with it or just leave people to manage it,” the Speaker said.
“From the way we are fighting corruption, it is like emphasis is built on EFCC, but the problem with that approach that you are dealing with the symptoms of corruption.
“Once you continue to deal with the leaves and the fruits, and the root is still there, you cannot totally eliminate corruption.
“These are preventive agencies and we ought to invest more in agencies such as the Fiscal Responsibility Commission because we have to make it difficult for corruption itself to take place. Once we do that, we will be applying the remedy at the root of corruption.
“There is no limit to the kind of attention we can pay to agencies like this, because this is the right way to combat corruption itself to ensure that resources are efficiently allocated and that we have fiscal discipline”, he stated.