CAN NIGERIA WIN THE FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION BE WON IN ONE GENERATION?
Delivered at the 2017 Expressions Undergraduate Debate Challenge
Judges, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. I am here to do nothing else but reiterate our optimistic stance that yes the fight against corruption can be won in one generation.
First, it is important we understand that the concept of corruption spans beyond just politicians and public officeholders. Examination malpractice is also a form of corruption because according to the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, while speaking at an international summit organized by the West African Examination Council, WAEC on October 21, 2017, he said, examination malpractice is a form of corruption which the federal government has vowed to eradicate. Interestingly, with the advent of technology and other appropriate measures, Nigeria is winning the fight against corruption in the educational sector. For example, according to WAEC, in Anambra, examination malpractice reduced by 5.2% in 2016 as against the 10.6 % in 2014. Also, according to the Chief executive officer of the Joint Admission Matriculation Board JAMB, since the adoption of Computer Based Test in 2014, there has been a significant drop in examination malpractice. Therefore, we can infer that in the educational sector, Nigeria is winning the fight and if this much can be done in so little time, then we can assert that much more can be done in one generation.
Second, the expression undergraduate debate challenge powered by the young stars foundation aims to fight corruption by raising the voice of youths in this generation against corruption, the UK aid in tune with the 17 sustainable development goals of the United Nations aims to eradicate poverty which in turn will curb corruption as the first speaker has earlier stated. Judges, these are organizations composed of thousands of individuals who believe the fight against corruption can be won in less than 30 years which is almost equivalent to one generation. “vox populi vox dei”. The voice of the people is the voice of God. Hence, we can logically infer that even God believes the fight against corruption can be won in one generation because even the holy books say the eyes of the Lord will not behold iniquity for too long. Who then are my pessimistic opponents to think the fight against corruption cannot be won in one generation?
In conclusion, Team Havi remains optimistic in the affirmation of the motion that the fight against corruption can be won in one generation.