Engr Babachir David Lawal
By Chinonso Alozie
OWERRI—Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, David Babachir Lawal, weekend, blamed the current economic recession on the massive corruption and looting of the economy by the previous administration.
He also stressed the determination of the present administration to lay a new foundation for the country in the face of the threatening security challenges in the North-east.
A statement by Governor Okorocha’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Sam Onwuemeodo, said the SGF spoke after his conferment with a Fellowship of the Imo State Polytechnic, Umuagwo, at its 5th convocation ceremony.
He said: “What has held us down as a nation is corruption. Corruption in government at all levels has totally destroyed our nation. It is evident in key sectors like education, healthcare delivery, infrastructural development and provision of social services. Massive corruption has crippled our economy and dwarfed our individual potentials, including limiting the enterprising and intellectual capacity of our people.”
On his part, Governor Rochas Okorocha said: “This is not the time to weep or complain in the struggle to nationhood. It is a time to comply. President Muhammadu Buhari is building a strong foundation for sustainable growth of the nation.
“Whoever that is waiting for Buhari to build skyscrapers and historic tunnels may be wasting time, as his job is to lay a solid foundation so that successive governments will have a good foundation to build upon.”