Nigeria former Minister of finance Dr. ShamsudeenUsman has stressed the need for Nigerians to imbibe integrity as a way of life. Usman spoke after, he was inducted along side five others as Fellows of the Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria (SCGN) at its 2016 yearly Presidential dinner and induction ceremony in Lagos.
In the event, which also saw the induction of 55 new members of the society, the renowned economist said Nigeria needs men of integrity now than before. He recalled that before now, there was a popular saying that the private sector was the giver of corruption, while the public sector was the taker.
He expressed delight for being associated with the society and tasked Nigerians from all walks of life to imbibe the culture of integrity in order to wade off corruption in the country.
According to him, there is need to ensure that companies commit to the international code of corporate governance.
He further expressed happiness with the existence of SCGN to champion the course in order to stem the tide of corruption in the country.
Also former Managing Director of Nigerian Breweries Plc and inductee, Mr. Felix Ohiwerei, expressed regret that integrity is being paid lip service in the country. He noted that Nigerians should make integrity a way of life and not just for public officers in the highest level but for everyone.
Earlier, the former Managing Director of Nestle Nigeria Plc and President of the Society, Chief OlusegunOsunkeye described integrity of character and accountable leadership as pillar of the society which was established 11 year ago.
He said the society deeply remained focused towards the enhancing programmes , in the development and promotion of corporate governance best practice in Nigeria.
According to him, the society aims to be recognised as a reference point both nationally and international in matters relating to corporate governance and to provide a template for formulation and enforcement of corporate governance standards for Nigeria and other emerging economies.
The inductees, he said are distinguished Nigerians, whose characters are found to be in tandem with the objective of the society.
Other inductees include, former Managing Director of Red Star Express Plc and Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited (SAHCOL), Mr Isaac Orolugbagbe, the founder and Managing Director of JNC International Limited, Mrs. Clare Omatseye, Former deputy Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, MrOdozi Victor and pioneer Vice –Chancellor of the Pan -African University, Ajah, Prof Albert Alos.