CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA: CAUSES, CONSEQUENCES AND THE WAY FORWARD

BY
AKOR LINUS
Department of Sociology
Faculty of Social Sciences
Kogi State University
P.M.B 1008
Anyigba, Nigeria
E-mail: akor_linus@yahoo.com
GSM: +234 803 618 5090

Summary
Corruption is a complex, omnipresent and multi-faceted phenomenon with multiple causes and effects and takes on various forms in different contexts. Corruption impedes development and reduces the capacity of nations to banish poverty and add value to the lives of their citizens. Given the damaging consequences of corruption, it is a problem which solution cannot be put to another day. The enormity of corruption in Nigeria probably necessitated the establishment of anti-corruption agencies such as the Independent and Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to nip the scourge in the bud. However, despite these institutional interventions, the fight against corruption in Nigeria seems nowhere close to being won. This paper presents the causes and consequences of corruption in Nigeria. Empirical evidence indicates that the absence of political will and the weakness of anti-corruption institutions to prosecute high profile culprits, the tardiness on the part of the country’s courts to promptly dispose of corruption cases and lack of accountable and transparent leadership, have undermined efforts to win the war against corruption. The paper recommends strict enforcement of anti-corruption laws, establishment of special courts for corruption cases and enthronement of good governance, as part of strategies to strengthen the anti-corruption crusade in Nigeria.

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Posted in VOLUME 17 NO. 1 APRIL, 2015.

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