Eze Vincent Duru, a former Deputy Comptroller-General of Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS), says for government to achieve the desired change, it must introduce an integrated welfare scheme for workers.
Duru, who is the Chairman of Njaba Council of Traditional Rulers as well as the traditional ruler of Okponakuma Community in Imo, made the statement in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday.
He said a good and comprehensive welfare scheme was necessary to achieve positive change through democratic governance.
Duru said that government in introducing change must plan and ascertain who the change resistors and agents of change were to be able to manage change.
“In introduction of change policies, the Nigerian Government should note that civil and public servants are the resistors, while the political class is the change agent,’’ he said.
He said for government to achieve the desired change, the welfare of workers must be addressed to discourage workers from corruption and other misconduct which subverted policies and programmes of government.
“The issue of disparity in salary payment must be resolved; the insurance scheme which addresses the housing, car and other essential needs of workers should be properly designed by government.
“Like in the United States where I undertook a course, these welfare issues are no longer there and no worker is ready to cheat the system and once these problems are addressed, corruption will be unattractive in Nigeria,’’ Duru said.
He said it took the U.S. many years to get solution on how to address corruption through the introduction of an integrated welfare scheme for workers.
Duru said that the legislature and government should come up with better legislation to check imbalance in the system, pointing out that “whether in the military, paramilitary and public service sharp practices abound.’’
He also stressed the need for government to effectively equip the security agencies, especially the border patrol units of NIS, saying Nigeria’s porous borders had compounded problems.
Duru said he introduced the border patrol unit of NIS and headed a number of NIS commands.
He expressed regret that because of the leading role Nigeria was playing in ECOWAS, immigrants from neighbouring countries abused the ECOWAS protocol, treaties and conventions by flooding into Nigeria.
“It is too late for Nigeria to opt out of ECOWAS, my advice is that government should adequately fund the security agencies so as to enable them to fish out foreigners residing illegally with a view to deporting them,’’ he said.
NAN recalls that the government recently launched a national re-orientation programme with a view to encouraging Nigerians to adopt the right attitudes for national development.