Nnamani to Jonathan: Declare state of emergency on corruption

By The Citizen

Former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, yesterday, called on President Goodluck Jonathan to declare a state of emergency on corruption, if that will address the problem.

He also said if corruption, which is one of Nigeria's major problems must be nipped in the bud, especially as it affected award of contracts, attention must be paid to Public Private Partnership, PPP.

Speaking when he appeared before the Senator Ayogu Eze-led Senate Committee on Works, Senator Nnamani noted that $8 trillion was currently what the private sector in the world was controlling, adding that it was only the private sector that ccould control corruption.

According to him, it is not business as usual in the private sector, as private investors monitor their businesses.

He added that First Bank Plc, a private sector driven organisation, had a balance sheet that was more than the nation's budget.

Nnamani was at the Senate with other designated members of the governing board of the Infrastructure Concession and Regulatory Commission, ICRC. The former Senate President is the chairman of the board of ICRC.

The former Senate President, who told the senators that he was coming to the National Assembly for the first time since 2007, was, however, not asked any question by the senators, in line with the National Assembly's procedures of asking former lawmakers to simply take a bow and go.

Other members of the Board are Barrister Aminu Dikko; Mrs Comfort Ken Saro Wiwa; Engr. Janet Febisola Adeyemi; Mrs Yabawa Wabi; Musa Elayo and Barrister A.U. Kanu.