ANALYZING THE CAUSES OF CORRUPTION AND OFFERING POSSIBLE SOLUTION
- Great inequality in distribution of wealth
- Political office as the primary means of gaining access to wealth
Where do we start pointing it out from, embezzlement of funds, election rigging, influencing of the judicial system, all this and more, pollutes the system and create problems for the nation.
Secondly, Nigeria politicians should stop, or be stopped from giving bribes during elections, to get voted for. When i say bribe, i mean financial bribe, material, emotional or which ever way it comes. i say this because this politicians will do anything to rig an election, giving the masses money and gift, paying pastors to campaign for them in their congregation and even paying traditional rulers to get their subjects to vote.Voting is a civic right that should be respected. No leader reserves the right to impose a certain candidate on any electorate. Nigerians should not be manipulated, they should be left to vote with a clear mind.
Thirdly, Nigerians are not sincere and transparent about their take on corruption. An instance, A politician who earns about 50 million Naira as salary, gives his constituency a donation of 100 million Naira, 50 computers, 100 sowing machines and lots more. And everyone is hailing him like he is the messiah, not asking questions on how this money was gotten, Were public funds looted for this purpose? No questions are asked. Until Nigerians become true to themselves, standing on transparent grounds in the issues of corruption, then we can move forward.
- The weakness of social and governmental enforcement mechanisms
- Ineffective/weak criminal justice system(police, court, and prison)
The nonchalant attitude of those who are supposed to enforce the laws of the land could lead to people engaging in corrupt behavior, knowing fully well that they would get away with it.
Some women prison inmates went into prisons singled to come out doubled. What this implies is that the policemen use the opportunity they have to assault women who are imprisoned. The women may say no, but because the policemen have guns, the women could not do anything. They were impregnated before they were granted bail.
Lets talk about the ills of the Nigerian customer service. The customs service of Nigeria is the organization that is authorized to clear goods that are imported into the country. They are another corrupt lot.
But all this are the least of our discuss
The Nigerian justice system is the mess we want to talk about, and how they have caused more harm than good to the society.
The police is a disappointment, they have made them selves tools for corrupt political activities. They have forgotten their role in the society chasing money and power. when a person goes to report a criminal case to the police, they are not willing to take actions until they are paid, no matter the person who came to make the report. I heard the story of a young lady who was almost raped, and after escaping, quickly went to report to the police, and because she had no money to give to them they told her she should just thank God she escaped and go. how sad.
When cases are brought to the police, they are willing be in favor of the highest bedder and they care
less. That’s why our politicians and likes, go free, even after committing serious crimes.
The court is no better. The judiciary which is supposed to operate independent of the legislative is constantly being interfered with, this are the reasons why a case will be in court for many years, unattended to, in many cases because the judge has been paid, or is scared of passing judgement.
Treating any offender in the country equally will help reduce corruption. Nobody is above the law and anyone who acts contrary to it should be given the punishment that he or she deserves. If any minister or head of state is given the punishment he deserves for corruption, others will learn and separate themselves from any corrupt practice.
- weak institutions
- Bad public perception
Attention should be paid to the standard of education in tertiary institutions in the country, in other for them to produce graduates who are employable.
Nigeria should continuously empower its youths on skill acquisition in other for them to be self sufficient, and not dependent on only government creation of employment.
- Bad nature of the economy
- Poor reward system
According to the World Bank, over 65% of Nigerians live below 1.25 dollar that is about
N320 per day. This is poverty, and poverty leaves people exposed to crime, because man would do anything to survive and sadly the society has no social safety net.
Those who are employed are no much better from the unemployed because the Nigerian reward system is very poor. The nations reward system is probably the poorest in the entire globe. Workers are used and abused, harassed, threatened and often discarded without any appreciation for their contribution to their organizations and to the society at large, this bad system also involves the non-payment of workers for months. if this workers have no other source of income, How are they taking care of their family obligations? The nation must not forget that they must survive. this leaves them exposed to crimes.
Nigeria should take the welfare of her workers at heart for improved productivity, which will in turn increase the nations Gross Domestic Product (GDP), export capacity, more jobs and sociopolitical stability. But their productivity will remain low if the nations reward system does not improve. This may result in plants closure, loss of jobs, and increased human misery. A happy and healthy worker is normally a high productive employee (all things being equal). Moreover, workers should be paid when it is due.