Pervasive Corruption as the Bane of Development in Nigeria: A Critical Appraisal

Sheriff Ghali Ibrahim. Ph.D, Nasir Ahmad Sarkin Dori, Ph.D
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This paper takes a critical and inclusive look at issues of pervasive corruption that has ravaged much the development of Nigeria. The paper also analyses how corruption has metamorphosed to become the major problem bedeviling Nigeria’s political, economic and social progress. Using descriptive research from library instruments, findings show that, Pervasive corruption is the abuse of authority which penetrate and adversely affect the entire social structures of a state consisting of political, economic and socio-cultural systems of Nigeria, which involves the abuse of power, looting of public treasury, adulteration of development plans and projects, violation of standards, indiscipline and immorality among others. The paper concludes that for Nigeria to combat pervasive corruption to a minimal or zero level and achieves meaningful development a multidimensional approaches or measures must be adopted in tackling the menace in the country, which may include political, economic and socio-cultural measures. The paper recommends absolute checks and balances in governance; accountability and transparency; respect for rule of law and due process in governance among other things.

Keywords: Corruption, Development, Growth and Economic Development.

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