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Corruption Consuming Us In Nigeria - DR. FASSY YUSUF

DR. FASSY YUSUF 

BY FRANCIS IWUCHUKWU

IKEJA, LAGOS STATE, NIGERIA - A former Commissioner for information, Dr. Fassy Yusuf has made a declaration that the menace of corruption has continued to consume the entirety of Nigerians in every sphere of their existence.

Dr. Fassy Yusuf who is a university lecturer and lawyer equally stated that the Nigerian Health sector will benefit immensely if citizens' capacity is developed in such a manner that they can make a better utilisation of the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act for an excellent service delivery and in the promotion of transparency and accountability.

Speaking at the public hearing put together by a Lagos-based human rights group, Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) with the Theme: “Building The Capacity Of Citizens On The Use Of Freedom Of Information Act As A Tool For Promoting Transparency And Accountability In Nigeria's Health Sector” which held in Lagos, Dr. Fassy Yusuf further suggested that the use of FoI Act tactics and strategies by SERAP and other civil society groups to obtain, improve and retain the skills, knowledge, tools, equipment and other resources needed will improve the delivery of public services in the country’s Health sector.

Dr. Fassy Yusuf added that: “The FOI Acts in the Health sector will allow for involvement and participation of citizens in the fight against corruption.

“The encouragement and sensitisation of citizens on how to deploy FoI Act as a tool for promoting transparency and accountability in the Health sector and the imperativeness of the public to stand up and make use of FoI Act to the fullest will also help in holding the Health sector accountable.

"The circulation and use of the proceedings from the public hearing will also contribute to the improvement of the nation’s Health Sector."

Pointing out the challenges of the FOI Act in the Health sector, Dr. Fassy Yusuf said: "The greatest challenge in the public service is its inability to effectively service its responsibilities and perform to the level that service delivery becomes a thing of joy.

“It is melancholic that corruption is consuming us in this country and it is now more or less seen as a way of life. 

"Whereas, corruption is dishonest or fraudulent conduct by those in power or in a position to influence the outcome of an event through bribery, compromise and failing or neglecting to do what one should have done because of gratification, corruption destroys people’s trust and debases humanity.

“Funding, constant migration of healthcare personnel out of the country in search of better opportunities, medical tourism owing to dearth of adequate personnel and facilities, inadequate funding, and poor service delivery are also part of the challenges bedevilling the sector.

“The present administration has fight against corruption as its main mantra, but we all know that corruption is a hydra-headed monster that can consume those fighting it. We have seen this at work. 

"Until we dislodge corruption from our polity, it would continue to be a major cause for anxiety and tension in the land.

"SERAP, a Coalition of Civil Society Organisation with other partners will need to partner and share the same idea on capacity building of citizens and other partners like Lawyers for Change to be able to develop and implement the strategy for ensuring transparency, accountability and transparency in the Health sector through the use of Freedom of Information Act."

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