Parents bribe officials for ward’s education in Sokoto
– From Umar Danladi Ado, Sokoto
Parents in Asara Community of Gwadabawa Local Government Area of Sokoto State have appealed to the Network for Justice to assist them in addressing corrupt practices especially among some education officials who extort money from them before services, a situation that is becoming alarming in the area.
The aggrieved Asara residents made the appeal while contributing at a Community Outreach on the Implementation to the Fight Against Corruption and Promoting Good Governance in Nigeria organised by Network for Justice held at Asara Primary School in the state.
AlhajiYahuzaAsara lamented that parents in the area are experiencing hardship in paying for their school registrations and other education entitlements due to the corrupt practices of some government officials who are making huge money despite government policy on free education in the state.
Asara also noted that parents, guardians and care-givers in the area normally dispose their belongings such as farm produce, animals and other properties to bribe officials in oooorder to get their children registered in schools.
The community therefore urged Network for Justice to intervene on the issue, noting that the problem is a great concern to the people of the area.
Earlier, the team leader of the network, Prof. Sadiq Isa Raddah had canvassed for the need of people especially in the rural communities to embibe behavioural and attitudinal changes in their routine activities in an effort to contribute toward the fight against corruption.
Prof. Raddah who is also the Secretary Federal Advisory Committee on Corruption, said people within any given community had a role to play toward the fight against corruption.
Radda, a Criminology lecturer at Bayero University, Kano noted that the anti-graft fight can best be achieved with the support and cooperation of Nigerians through providing intelligence information to authorities.
In his remark, the SarkinGobir of Gwadabawa, AlhajiZayyanu advised against the involvement of traditional rulers in the affairs of government.
Zayyana was represented at the occasion by the District Head of Asara, Alhaji Umar Marafa who expressed appreciation with the event and described it as timely and highly significant to the people of the Asara communities.
Contributing, the Sole Administrator of the Gwadabawa, AlhajiAminuHaya cautioned people of the area to desist from acting as informants to the kidnappers and other criminals, but should concentrate on issues that will forge the area, state and the nation forward.