Corruption as a Concern For National Development by Muhd El-Bonga Ibraheem
Corruption has been one of the major bane of modern life especially in developing countries like Nigeria. It has persistently become the bane of modern living as well as hinders the social-economic activities of a country.
Corruption as a major concern in the world economic, political and social agenda, has to be carefully taken care of to pave way for effective development and growth of a particular nation and citizenry as a whole.
Corruption to a lay man may mean issuing bribe in order for someone to compromise something in one’s favour, but it’s much more than that. Corruption has a plethora of components to its disposal.
Corruption simple refers to all sort of immorality, incompetence as well as disparities brought about as a result of selfishness and greed. In most cases, it involves issuing of things which is usually in monetary terms in order to gain favours and values. It arises usually when man tries to divert what is unlawful in order to make it lawful by all means irrespective of the upshots it may have in the long run.
In African countries, like in Nigeria, the major issue of corruption been recorded and observed worldwide is the issuance of favours in monetary terms to gain favours, positions, and a plethora of others to mention.
Corruption has degraded the Nigerian civil services tremendously to the extent that people no longer have passion and love for their work. Yes, we know that the Nigerian salary structure is very meagre, but that doesn’t mean that issues geared towards ensuring sustainable living should be taken with levity. The rising issue of contracts inflation is a major concern of a typical Nigerian setting. Most times, people often lobby for contract and bribe the officials before they are been granted such offers. And when they are been given, in most cases, they hardly execute such contracts or inflate the price to almost twice the initial price agreed.
Coming down to our educational system, corruption has really established its territory here. There has been a rising concern about the nature of quality students produced with a direct proportionality to the level of growth and development such nation might attain. By implication, a good educational background as well as setting culminated into the advancement of a particular nation in terms of science, technology, and creativity. Our ailing educational sector is now producing woeful sets of students that relies on leaked papers to pass a particular subject. Students are no longer reading their books because they know they can be able to bribe the respected dignitaries for marks in order to pass.
The Nigerian government has set up some committees and organization in order to curb the massive issues of corruption that has tarnished the image of the nation both locally and internationally. Organizations like EFCC (Economic and financial crimes commission), ICPC (Independent corrupt practices commission) etc have been charged with the mandate of tackling such an unfortunate situation that has plagued Nigeria in the past and present. There is the great need to realize that any nation plague with corruption under the belt will never develop economically, financially, scientifically, technologically and what have you. This is based on the premise that they’ll be charged with the responsibility of battling and dealing with corruption cases while others will be thinking of how to move forward and develop reasonably.
Corruption usually back pedal the activities of a nation by rendering it idle in the areas of self reliance and creativity. It has contributed to the rise of unemployment and so many menaces troubling Nigeria.
It is the duty of every nation to produce highly intellectual citizenry full of technological and scientific innovations that is aimed at elevating the profile of particular. But its highly unfortunate in Nigeria as reverse is the case as the citizens are unemployed, uneducated and most importantly lacks creativity and support to succeed in life.
The PDP-led Government set up an organization with the mandate of achieving a strong economic reform that would ensure economic stability in the world. Its tagged as vision 20:20:20 and hope to achieve such status by the year 2020. But as earlier signs had shown as well as the prevailing signals, it is really impossible to achieve such a dream as the funds been set aside for such project have been persistently siphoned by some unscrupulous individuals who are highly self centred.
The subsidy saga is very pertinent to mention. About N2 trillion was looted by some key government individuals who are considered to be above the law by media report. A committee was set up to investigate the saga, yet to no avail.
Finally, corruption is the chief agent of destruction of any nation. It destroys dreams, goals, policies, and objectives set aside in order to ensure sustainability. Therefore all efforts set aside to curb it shouldn’t be taken with levity and must be taken with utmost importance and priority.
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