By TERYIMA ANDREW
Former Students of University of Jos, sets of 1982 to 1992 have organized an annual lecture in honour of the funder of the department of political science in the university, Prof Jonah Elaigwu.
Delivering a public lecture on Saturday, the Executive Secretary, Public Complain Commission, Barrister Bala Mohammed Abdul, said reorientation of Nigerians can tackle corruption challenges.
The inaugural public lecture entitled “Fiscal federalism and the question of return of looted assets and proceeds of crime.”
Presenting his lecture which lasted for about an hour and 15 minutes, Barrister Abdul lamented that corruption is on the increase in the country “there is so much corruption in Nigeria, in spite of the number of anti corruption agencies, there are 14 organizations agencies fighting against corruption.”
He call for the review of policies in recovering looted funds them assets by the federal government, according to him, the processes rather consume already looted funds.
The guest lecturer revealed that the sum of 1.3 billion US Dollars are frozen in Luxembourg, and in so many other countries of the world, being used by known Nigerians.
According to the 44 page public lecture note, former head of state late Gen Sani Abacha looted over 5 billion (US Dollars) between year 1993 to1998, meant for only social services.
The executive secretary public complain commission, during the lecture, described corruption as a deadly disease “corruption is potent cancer that has mercilessly eaten Nigeria to a state of stupor.”
He applauded the efforts by the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government in minimizing corruption in the country.
On corruption at state government level, he said”most revenue generated by state governments in Nigeria goes into wrong hands.”
He accused state governors of been behind the ugly trend; “most governors feed fat from revenue generated locally, such funds are never accounted for.”
However, commenting on the monthly sharing of federal allocation with states and local governments; he said federal government have not justified it usage of allocation base on citizenry.
“Despite this specification, there is still a problem between state and federal government over tax jurisdiction, what level of government should collect what tax and this has led to the exiting perceived imbalance among the ethnic groups.”
Bar Abdul revealed further that so many landed property and vehicles confiscated by authorities for decades are been wasted.
He described fiscal federalism in Nigeria as constant struggle and agitation for change and resource control; and call for support of the federal government process in recovering looted funds.
Responding on the honor done him, the honoree, Prof Elaigwu through his daughter Victor Elaigwu, thanked organizers of the annual lecture in his honor.
On his part, Vice Chancellor, university of Jos Prof Sebastian Maimako, represented the Dean Faculty of Social Sciences Prof Charles Abimiku said the event is apt.
The Vice Chancellor charged former students of the political science department to leave land mark legacies that shall stand the test of time.
Earlier several former students taught by Prof Jonah Elaigwu lectured, who are now lecturers described their former lecturer as a mentor and a guardian.
One of the former student, Ms Julie Sanda in an address said the annual lecture serie is meant to Immortalized the person Prof Elaigwu, a renounced Political scientist.
According to one of the organizers of the public lecture, a lecturer from the university of Jos Dr Major Adeyi equally told the gathering that Prof Elaigwu still publishes book at retirement age, he call on Nigerian students to learn from the hard work of Prof Eliagwu, pointing out the hard work do not kill.