June 13, 2024

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Nigerian Association Of Christian Journalists Honour Eminent Nigerians With Integrity Award

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Peterclaver Egbochue

The Nigerian Association of Christian Journalists, NACJ, has honoured some eminent Nigerians with the award of integrity for their exemplary records in their chosen fields of endeavour.

They include: Chief (Dr.) Dele Joseph Omenogor, Amaka Okeke-Lawal, SP. Ola Rotimi, Rev. Ambassador Samuel Ikpea and Dr. Adebayo Oyedokun.

At the event which took place on Friday, 29th of March, 2024 at Sheraton hotel, Ikeja, Lagos state, the President of the Dr. Charles Okhai, association, in his remark, regretted that the current crop of political leaders are not conscious of integrity, stressing that if they are conscious of integrity, there would be less cases of corruption.

He stated that the essence of the integrity award is to let the beneficiaries to know that their good works in the various fields of human endeavour are being observed, to encourage them to continue and to encourage others to emulate them.

The keynote speaker, Etigwe Uwa, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria and a famous politician from Abia state who spoke on “Integrity and Patriotism, Key Factors to Building a Virile Nation,”described Nigeria as one of the most blessed countries of the world, adding that there’s no country that can develop without the manpower of its people.

“Integrity is very important in the building of any nation especially in our country Nigeria where we have seen all kinds of problems in recent times,

“Every country you are happy about did not get to where they are by luck but by the sacrifices of the citizens.

“For a country to make progress, there is the need to promote integrity, if you have a country where there is no integrity, investor’s confidence is not guarrantteed. Integrity promotes peace and progress.

“Lack of integrity leads to conflictual relationship between the people and the government.

“It’s unfortunate that we have frittered away our opportunities. We have not tapped into our mineral resources. There are very few countries in the world that are blessed like Nigeria.”

“This is the time to fight for the country, if we do not pay now, we will certainly pay later.”

The Senior Advocate of Nigeria noted that to build the country of our dream,there are seven factors that must be dealt with.

He lamented that the level of corruption in the country is very high, the level of unemployment is very high, adding that “there are challenges but that is not the reason to run away. If our forefathers ran away, who would have developed the country.”

The keynote speaker identified electoral corruption as the most dangerous and destructive form of corruption because it would install the wrong person, who is, though wealthy but less prepared for the challenge of leadership.

“There’s also the judicial corruption, corruption in the public sector, and the legislative corruption,” he stated.

To profer solutions, he recommended that all elections should be held at least, six months to the end of an existing tenure and all election cases should be dispensed in three months time before the inauguration of the incoming administration.

He also encouraged good men and women, lawyers, journalists and businessmen and women to go into politics and not see it as a dirty game.

On the fight against corruption, he recommended that it should be more of intelligence and to gather every relevant facts about an individual being investigated before an arrest is made.

He also suggested that the National Assembly should stop constituency projects and concentrate on law-making alone which should be on a part-time basis.

The awardees who expressed profound gratitude to the association for considering them worthy of the honour promised to do more and to become worthy ambassadors of integrity  wherever they find themselves.