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NESG panelists procure corruption solutions

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By Akintola Timothy

Stakeholders urge for reduction of incentives in a bid to curb corruption.

Nigeria has been overtly criticized for the huge corruption practices that have devastated the country. Taking many forms, this menace is an endemic that has eaten too deep into the country’s fabrics. From the government and leaders of different parastatals to the general public, corruption seems to have become a unifying factor. Despite President Buhari’s administration building its reputation and campaign strategies on the basis of curbing corruption in the country, there seems to have been a constant increase in the corruption rate that cut across the entire country.

Cases of corruption have devastated the social, political, economic and educational sectors, amongst others. Professor Peter Nwangwu, in describing the corrupt state of the country, stated that it was like a potent cancer that had mercilessly eaten the country. As of 2018, Nigeria was ranked the 36th most corrupt country in the world by Transparency International. All the aftereffects of these corrupt practices have however resulted in a growing call for an overt clampdown in the public service and political ambience.

Dr. Abah stated that clamping down corruption was a gradual process.

During an interactive session that was held on the sideline of the Nigerian Economic Summit and was organized by the Policy Innovation Center, panelists indicated some poignant steps that would help the country in curbing corruption. This interactive session which was themed, “Harnessing Behavioral Insights to Counter Corruption” took place at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, on November 14, 2022. This session witnessed panelists across different sectors, ranging from civil society, oil and gas sector to every other sector.

Speaking to reporters, Dr. Joe Abah, the country director of DAI Nigeria noted that the clamping down corruption was to be a gradual process. He indicated that every form of corruption incentives must be cut out within the political and public service places. He said that the access to corrupt resources was mostly the perks of office, with strict indication posited to ensure that public offices were to the service of the general country and not for accruing personal wealth.

FG urged to improve wages of workers so as to reduce corruption.

Making a case for the public servants’ remuneration, Dr. Abah also implored the Federal Government to ensure the improvement of the living standard of the average citizen. He stated that the government must consider the increase of workers’ wages, so as for them not to resort to indulging in actions that are against the law. He noted that the public service system could be rationalized, getting rid of dead woods, to enhance the increased payment of people who offer quality services to the country.

The country director of MacArthur Foundation, Dr. Kola Shettima also stated that the ravaging corruption could be curbed on different fronts. He noted that the fight against corruption was not designed by a single model but rather, the application of numerous approaches to fight this menace. Dr. Kola Shettima indicated that the MacArthur Foundation was helping to combat this menace by contributing with investigative journalism, civil society advocacy and works around the criminal justice system.

Different approaches to tackling corruption in the country.

However, Dr. Shettima further indicated that the model or paradigms that must be considered was that which would involve different approaches to efficiently tackling the menace of corruption in the country. He noted that the one-way approach had been immensely ineffective in tackling the corrupt problems that had ravaged the country. Thus, with a collaborative effort from the government and all individuals, there are huge chances that the menace of corruption can be gradually curbed.


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Abusi
Abusi
1 year ago

I agree with the NESF that incentives meant for public office holders should be reduced. They need to ensure politics isn’t attractive to people. This is why a lot of them are always greedy to want more.

jdpumping
jdpumping
1 year ago

Corruption has eaten so deeply into the Nigerian system where everybody seems parting away with money or gift as a norm before you can get things done it’s called greasing of palm, government needs clamp down on all these attitudes.

Kazeem1
Kazeem1
1 year ago

There has been a lot of open criticism leveled at Nigeria because of the massive corruption practices there. This threat, in all its manifestations, is inherent to the country and has spread far beyond its borders.

Godsewill Ifeanyi
Godsewill Ifeanyi
1 year ago

It would appear that there has been a steady rise in the overall rate of corruption that has permeated the entirety of the country.

Tolaniiii
Tolaniiii
1 year ago

The battle against corruption was not devised by a single model but rather by the implementation of a number of different strategies to combat this threat.

Christiana
Christiana
1 year ago

There must be a complete eradication of any and all incentives for corrupt behavior in political and public service positions.

Bola12
Bola12
1 year ago

Because of the widespread prevalence of corrupt practices, Nigeria has been the target of a significant amount of public criticism.

Chibuzor
Chibuzor
1 year ago

Despite this, there has been a growing call for an overt clampdown in the public service and political atmosphere as a result of all the fallout from these corrupt practices.

Taiwoo
Taiwoo
1 year ago

There must be a complete elimination of incentives for corruption at all levels of government and public service. and that one of the main benefits of holding office was having access to illicit funding sources.

Adesanyaj72
Adesanyaj72
1 year ago

We need to establish stringent guidelines in order to guarantee that public offices are used to serve the general population of the country and not for the purpose of amassing personal fortune.

Hassan Isa
Hassan Isa
1 year ago

Investigative journalism, advocacy for civil society, and other types of work centered on the criminal justice system were some of the ways in which the MacArthur Foundation was assisting in the fight against this threat.

Nwachukwu Kingsley
Nwachukwu Kingsley
1 year ago

Because of this, there is a significant possibility that the pervasive problem of corruption can be mitigated to some extent via the concerted effort of the government and of every individual.

Haykaylyon26
Haykaylyon26
1 year ago

Corruption as the one of major thing that does not make our country move forward as suggest reduction of incentive to curb corruption we have to fight corruption with any means if our country want to move forward

Ultra0711
Ultra0711
1 year ago

Because of the widespread corruption that exists in Nigeria, there has been a great deal of public criticism thrown at the country. This danger, in all of its guises, is endemic to the country and has significantly expanded outside its borders.

Tonerol10
Tonerol10
1 year ago

Corruption has been from the foundation of Nigeria till date. government don’t even care, they are more corrupt in Nigeria.
We need to fight this corruption in this country

Iyanu12345ogg
Iyanu12345ogg
1 year ago

There must be a complete eradication of all incentives for corrupt behavior in political and public service positions.I agree with the NESF that incentives meant for public office holders should be reduced.

SarahDiv
SarahDiv
1 year ago

Bribery and corruption can be curb if the government are willing to deal with themselves first before turning to the masses that is when the solution procure by NESG can be effective.

Adeolastan
Adeolastan
1 year ago

Serious orientation needed to be to be done on politicians, civil servant and the general public because the corruption has eaten deep into the system and we need serious cleansing at this time for the country to develop.

DimOla
DimOla
1 year ago

It is good that NESG procure solution to Corruption. For it to be effective, let it begin with our president then to everyone in the government and lastly the masses. That is the way corruption can be curbed in this country because it has eaten deep into the fabric and foundation of the country called Nigeria.

theApr
theApr
1 year ago

Corruption has practically ruined the country. So if there’s any solution we should start looking into it to revive every sector.

Remi1
Remi1
1 year ago

All of these corrupt activities’ side consequences have led to a growing need for an overt crackdown in the public sector and political environment. We need a viable solution