Prof Pat Utomi the Anti-Corruption Crusader
Despite claims made by the present government of President Muhammadu Buhari that he has successfully reduced corruption in Nigeria by his various strategies to fight the monster, it is believed in some quarters that corruption is even worse in his government as compared with previous administrations.
One such critic of this present government losing battle against corruption is a Professor of political economics, Pat Utomi, who recently noted that corruption is worse in this present administration of President Muhammadu Buhari than ten years ago.
According to him, the change promised by President Buhari-led government was not working.
Utomi was quoted as saying that “Sadly, even though our mantra ‘is if Nigeria does not kill corruption, corruption will kill Nigeria,’ I believe by my experience as a businessman that there is worse corruption today in the country than there was 10 years ago.
“So the corruption in the environment also adds to the challenge of investing.
“So there is a need for a serious conversation about whether we want the Nigerian economy to grow and what it will take to grow it so that there will be consensus and people will, therefore, act properly relating to that consensus agreed to.
“If that is to happen, we need to have a national strategy. Whenever I talk about this, people will object to it, talking about this medium-term economic recovery plan, but that is not a national strategy; it is short to a medium-term recovery programme.
“The national strategy should be what Nigeria wants to lead the world in by 30 years to come. What it means therefore is to take some value chains, most likely looking into the agriculture endowment of the country.
“When you take this endowment, you decide that we want to become the world’s leading suppliers of sausage derivatives so that when you think of hamburger, you think of Nigeria because over 60 percent of the inputs come from Nigeria for the next 15 t0 20 years.”