FIGHTING CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA

I have often wondered why it is so easy for elected officers in Nigeria and other developing countries to siphon/divert money meant capital and recurrent projects from the treasury. How comes that a chairman of a local government in Nigeria who, before he assumed office could hardly maintain himself and family but on assumption of office, becomes an overlord with expensive lifestyle. Why is it possible for a Governor of a State, a Minister, a Commissioner, a senator, etc., to divert most of the resources to his/her personal use. In view of the fact that these are politicians elected into offices or appointed, what is the role of civil/public servants in the ease with which money is diverted to private pockets?

Being a consumer nation with little functional industries, Nigeria depends mostly on oil revenue shared monthly to Federal, States and Local Governments. Who are the officers that have to oversee the disbursement of State or Local government revenue once it is allocated.

How does the way revenue is distributed in Nigeria differ from what obtains in Britain, France, Canada and America?

Many efforts are being made to curb corruption in Nigeria but I think fighting corruption in newspapers without starting from the source of that corruption is an exercise in self deceit.

Why are elections so very expensive in Nigeria and why do old politicians recycle themselves? Elections are so very expensive in Nigeria because elected politicians are paid outrageous salary and allowances. A politician who wants to come back will be thinking of the next election. And so from day one, he begins to save for the next election. If he/she is made a member or chairman of any Federal or State committee, his ambition is how to amass enough money from that assignment in preparation for the next election. How then can we genuinely fight corruption in Nigeria? How can the civil/public service be made more honest and accountable?

 

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