The Ondo Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, says quite a number of foreign Investments into Nigeria are being lost to failure in integrity test.
Addressing participants at the opening day of the 2017 Law Week, NBA Ibadan Branch, Governor Akeredolu who was the Chairman of the occasion said some of the lost investments regrettably would have changed the economic downturn of Nigeria.
The theme of the Law Week: Integrity of the Nigerian Bench & Bar : A Prerequisite for Sustainable National & Economic Development, is therefore a desideratum if Nigeria must be respected by the international community for direct foreign investment.
Arakunrin Akeredolu called for collaborative cohesion by both The Bench and The Bar to uphold the tenets of integrity for the values of incorruptibility to rub off on processes of doing things in Nigeria so that developments across the nation’s scio-economic landscape can be sustained
“Many have respect for honesty, but sparingly use it. Corrupt climate will always affect the confidence of investors.
“No other group or profession is more privileged than Lawyers and Judges. We can’t afford to throw away the enormous respect which the society has for us.
“We must strive to maintain a high standard of respect, show light to others and as well, continually fight corruption to a standstill”, he said.
The Governor however, suggested that the tripod of functional education , quality policing system and sound justice system are the veritable vehicle to sustain and advance economic prosperity of a nation.
The Governor who was at various times officers of the Ibadan Branch of NBA, reiterated his love and support for the growth of the branch, and admonished leaders and younger ones to contribute with a view to sustaining its legacy.
In his lecture, a Professor of Law, Professor Ademola Popoola of the Faculty of Law, Obafemi Awolowo went on memory lanes to give credit to several legal giants who were leading lights to the profession.
Professor Popoola said though regrettably the image of the judiciary has gone down in recent times but said the legal profession should not be judged by the product of the society.
“Instant of extant aberrations the legal profession is still a noble one”, he said.
The Professor of Law, said the misconducts of some members of the Bench and Bar notwithstanding, the legal practice remains credibly noble and with time the lost glory will come back consequent upon the daily consciousness of integrity which are the characteristics .
According to him ,” it is only few eggs that have given the Judiciary nightmare ”
Professor Poopola said Justices could make their assets declaration public at entry and exit from service.
In his goodwill message, Justice Nonyerem Okoronkwo of the Appeal Court, Ibadan, who noted that corruption has eaten deep into the fabrics of the profession, urged members to rise, rebuild and restore its lost glory.
“Let’s unite and fight corruption to a standstill, rewrite our names and bequeath a sane society to the oncoming generation”, he said.