An Assessment of Factors That Promote Corruption Among Public Office Holders in Nigeria
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Corruption is as old as society itself and cuts across nations, races and class of people. Corruption even though a global problems lack a universally accepted definition and it can be categorized from different perspectives and even classified according to how it is carried out in relation to established rules in administration. Undoubtedly, corruption leads to impoverishment, loss of lives and also weakens the stability of society. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank sees corruption as „the abuse of public office‟ perhaps through the instrumentality of private agents, who offer bribes actively to circumvent public policies and processes for competitive advantage and profit. The issue of corruption to people of Nigeria is not a new phenomenon, in recent years it got to an alarming proportion. Further afield, in Nigeria society, corruption has eaten deep into the fabric of the nation, and this act not only perpetrated by those who govern but by the governed. Corruption and abuse of power, position and privileges have long been noticed to have contributed to the country‟s underdevelopment. This paper made use of both primary and secondary sources to examine several of those factors that promote the issue of corruption in Nigeria which includes slow judicial process, bad leadership, and self-aggrandizement among politicians, poor economy, and insatiable lust for wealth, false declaration of assets, falsification and forgery of certificate amongst others. Recommendations were made as a way out of these mentioned problems to corruption.
About the Authors
Abodunrin Olukayode Amosun
James Onochie Akpu
Olayemi Jacob Ogunniyi