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Essay On How To End Corruption In Nigeria

I posted this as a comment in one of the earlier front-page threads created, but I am reposting it as a topic for better reference purposes. I made some adjustments too:

For the fight against corruption in Nigeria to succeed, it needs input from both the executive, legislative and judiciary arms of government. Policies, constitutional laws and reforms are needed in various sectors. Here are some important highlights:

1. Reforming The Judiciary: The judiciary needs serious reform. First of all, we need to fish out qualified people with exceptional records to lead the reforms. Laws don't make sense if they're not implemented. We must engage these patriots, they are there in our systems. Judicial reforms will be aimed at accelerating speed of judgement delivery, eliminating bottlenecks and bureaucracy in the system that create unnecessary delays and loopholes for exploitation, and reducing fraud to the barest minimum. Edit: Part of these reforms will ensure civil matters do not bug the judicial system by getting as far as the supreme courts. Establish small courts for small offenses, if you've watched the popular "Judge Judy" you'll understand my point. This is a topic on its own but I believe experts can do justice to it.

2. Empower the EFCC: The EFCC should not be another government arm where Nigerians go to submit CVs and get recruited. These guys should posses exceptional psychological investigative instinct and educational records and must be trained periodically. Train them on how to dig up evidence and prosecute offenders, and promote them based on how many cases they are able to dig up and prosecute successfully, not based on number of years put into idle service. Expand the EFCC into every state. Get the system interconnected with technology to ensure that all cases are properly computerized and documented

3. Reform The Police: Police officers should stop being promoted based on number of years in service but on merit. Based on number of high profile offenders and arrests you carry out and solve, you are promoted. If you like, stay idle while your mates are working, till you get disengaged for lack of performance. Ensure that every police station is connected to a central 911 system and all telephone lines in every unit must be active 24hrs with consequences of non-compliance, so that all calls made from the public are recorded and later cross checked by a central system to see if they were followed up by the police unit in charge. Strip the police of every power of brutality or torture and ensure they are trained on ways of digging up evidence and prosecuting crime. Ensure that every police unit records the thumbprint and image and record of every individual arrested for an offense connected to a central database and demand that every unit give a concrete explanation for an individual detained for more than 24hrs at the station - with consequences. Alert the public to call or write to a central system if any of their wards are detained for more than 24hrs and they are denied access to bail the person for any reason. In fact, even if individuals don't call, anyone who has been detained for more than 24hrs will definitely pop up on the system and The head office may demand to speak to the suspect. Install communication and recording gadgets and equipment at all police stations.

4. Whistle blower act: this should in fact be at the top list of government priorities in fighting corruption. Enact that act and protect whistleblowers who can come up with evidence about any fraud cases at work, in the public, or even in suspected cases of bribery or fraud against their bosses, public officers etc. this includes whistleblowing against suspected cases of activities like job recruitments, contract awards, tax evasion, bribery or extortion by any police, EFCC or government official. Put suspects on watchlists and keep on investigating them till you dig up substantial evidence.

5. Technology: in this modern age, you cannot fight crime without technology. Ensure that all government projects and activities are no longer paper based. Build databases for all government agencies and employ database administrators, software developers and IT Professionals across the country to manage these systems. Train and retrain these professionals periodically abroad to meet international standards and practices.

6. Internal Audits: Employ internal auditors in all government institutions who are promoted based on successful whistleblowing of fraud and fraud cases, keep them on renewable contracts instead of permanent employment, so that if they do not perform, you terminate their contracts. Agencies like NPA, NNPC, FIRS, Customs and in fact all government agencies will need many of these, not just 1, because government needs to recover at least 95% of our IGR which is lost to loopholes within these organizations. Transfer these auditors periodically. Someone will definitely blow the whistle for a probe or external audit.

These are some of the highlights, in fact, I could give a lecture or offer consulting on this and many more important issues including sustainable employment generation in Nigeria. Government can actually meet its target of creating 2 to 3 million jobs annually. Thanks for reading.

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- SocialMediaMan

3 Likes Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by Nobody: 12:07pm On May 12, 2015

When there is no light and petrol. Ehn?

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 12:13pm On May 12, 2015

CBN offices across the country and even private businesses run on solar panels and inverters and batteries. Such sensitive organizations should not depend on PHCN

mistypiper:
When there is no light and petrol. Ehn?

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by Nobody: 12:21pm On May 12, 2015

DEAD ON ARRIVAL!

1. You can't reform the Judiciary, Police or the Civil Service when merit is relegated for quota system and "federal character".

2. Jonathan introduced and implemented the Technological platform for preventing some form of corruption but was never appreciated instead he was resisted by the same people that are making noise today.

3. Basing promotion of police officers simply on "number of arrests" will create room for arrests of innocent citizens. For the record, the system of Federal policing without states and community policing will NOT work. As long as there is "quota system" merit can never be appreciated.

4. The whistle blower act is already in operation but as long as tribalism isn't checked, it will amount to nullity. A whistle-blower led to the investigation of Lamido Sanusi as CBN boss and was indicted by FRCN. Rather than encouraging him to face trial to prove his case, his people and opposition stood by him alleging that he was being with-hunted. The dude went to a Kangaroo judge in Lagos to obtain arrest against "investigation and prosecution". Rather than condemn it, his people and opposition hailed him "for the victory". As long as everything has been tribalised, NOTHING will work.

5. We have to adopt True Federalism to allow for most of this to be addressed by respective nations that makes up the country like other sane countries eg Spain and Bosnia. Otherwise, we shall continue to chase shadows.


#Peace

2 Likes Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 12:24pm On May 12, 2015

I understand your points clearly. There was a place where I noted "laws mean nothing if they're not implemented".. We need a government that upholds justice, not one that doesn't care about it. The lukewarm body language of Jonathan's government meant that nothing will work, imagine where a president himself refuses to declare his assets and doesn't give a damn, refuses to punish offenders when they are guilty etc, that government will actually destroy the system rather than reform it.

On the issue of tribalism and ethnicity, these are issues inherent in other countries too, whites against blacks in the US etc, there will be improvements and things will continue to improve

On the issue of quota systems, the major problem we have is that due process is not followed. On recruitment for instance, quota system doesn't mean that unqualified persons should be recruited. While I don't encourage quota systems, I think it has been abused and that's why it doesn't work.


barcanista:
DEAD ON ARRIVAL!

1. You can't reform the Judiciary, Police or the Civil Service when merit is relegated for quota system and "federal character".

2. Jonathan introduced and implemented the Technological platform for preventing some form of corruption but was never appreciated instead he was resisted by the same people.

3. Basing promotion of police officers simply on "number of arrests" will create room for arrests of innocent citizens. For the record, the system of Federal policing without states and community policing will NOT work. As long as there is "quota system" merit can never be appreciated.

4. The whistle blower act is already in operation but as long as tribalism isn't checked, it will amount to nullity. A whistle-blower led to the investigation of Lamido Sanusi as CBN boss and was indicted by FRCN. Rather than encouraging him to face trial to prove his case, his people and opposition stood by him alleging that he was being with-hunted. The dude went to a Kangaroo judge in Lagos to obtain arrest against "investigation and prosecution". Rather than condemn it, his people and opposition hailed him "for the victory". As long as everything has been tribalised, NOTHING will work.

5. We have to adopt True Federalism to allow for most of this to be addressed by respective nations that makes up the country like other sane countries eg Spain and Bosnia. Otherwise, we shall continue to chase shadows.


#Peace

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@barcanista

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by Nobody: 12:57pm On May 12, 2015
U tactically avoided the sanusi's example and jump to asset declaration. For the record the law permits all public office holders to declare their assets before the Code of Conduct Bureau and not in print media. This Jonathan did and is not exclusive to the President alone. Did Any APC Governor or Legislator publicly declared their asset?

On quota system, that policy alone has defeated any talk of merit. You can't have quota system and still expect merit. It doesn't work that way. The solution is True Federalism and Resource Control. Let every federating units "rule" their territory as it best suit them.

Thanks and cheers
socialmediaman:
I understand your points clearly. There was a place where I noted "laws mean nothing if they're not implemented".. We need a government that upholds justice, not one that doesn't care about it. The lukewarm body language of Jonathan's government meant that nothing will work, imagine where a president himself refuses to declare his assets and doesn't give a damn, refuses to punish offenders when they are guilty etc, that government will actually destroy the system rather than reform it.

On the issue of tribalism and ethnicity, these are issues inherent in other countries too, whites against blacks in the US etc, there will be improvements and things will continue to improve

On the issue of quota systems, the major problem we have is that due process is not followed. On recruitment for instance, quota system doesn't mean that unqualified persons should be recruited. While I don't encourage quota systems, I think it has been abused and that's why it doesn't work.


Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by obi4eze: 1:41pm On May 12, 2015

barcanista:
DEAD ON ARRIVAL!

1. You can't reform the Judiciary, Police or the Civil Service when merit is relegat6ed for quota system and "federal character".

2. Jonathan introduced and implemented the Technological platform for preventing some form of corruption but was never appreciated instead he was resisted by the same people that are making noise today.

3. Basing promotion of police officers simply on "number of arrests" will create room for arrests of innocent citizens. For the record, the system of Federal policing without states and community policing will NOT work. As long as there is "quota system" merit can never be appreciated.

4. The whistle blower act is already in operation but as long as tribalism isn't checked, it will amount to nullity. A whistle-blower led to the investigation of Lamido Sanusi as CBN boss and was indicted by FRCN. Rather than encouraging him to face trial to prove his case, his people and opposition stood by him alleging that he was being with-hunted. The dude went to a Kangaroo judge in Lagos to obtain arrest against "investigation and prosecution". Rather than condemn it, his people and opposition hailed him "for the victory". As long as everything has been tribalised, NOTHING will work.

5. We have to adopt True Federalism to allow for most of this to be addressed by respective nations that makes up the country like other sane countries eg Spain and Bosnia. Otherwise, we shall continue to chase shadows.


#Peace
Mr Hypocrite shut up.
The OP has done a good job and you are here talking nonsense.
Did your mentor empower the EFCC to prosecute corrupt government officials? Why did he delay in sacking Oduah? What about Deziani who has dealt with this country? Why did he allow her get a court injunction to stop the House of Reps from investigating her? Now you will say Tinubu is corrupt but why didn't Jonathan prosecute him?

Sanusi alerted us on the missing 20 billion dollars and all Jonathan could do was sack him and appoint Emefiele to cover up.

Which useless technology has Jonathan used to solve corruption?

I read NOI's reply to Soludo and was trying to see what actually happened to the Foreign Reserves or what project they used it to execute but I could see none.
There is one thing posterity will not forgive GEJ for and that is his depletion of the Foreign Reserves.

Your folly stinks because you are the same person who talked about missing subsidy funds in this government.

When it comes to defending GEJ on corruption just shut up because we are not fools. We know the large-scale looting and corruption that has occurred in his government. We know how he politicized the Army and Police and made us look like fools before the whole world.

We want to forget all his misdeeds and move on.
Nigeria will be great again.

2 Likes Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 2:16pm On May 12, 2015

On the Sanusi's issue, which was the same means exploited by Denziani Alison Madueke to prevent her case from being investigated, that issue can be adequately addressed by a judicial reform, I didn't want to go into too many details because the write-up was mostly a summarized insight. If for instance the law states that you cannot get an order that lasts more than 30 days to suspend a criminal investigation, you can't exploit the system more than that. Just an instance, but the summary is that all these known possible exploitative means and bottlenecks will be addressed in a comprehensive judicial reform.

On the issue of quota system, I've witnessed a recruitment exercise by a government agency where everyone applied but some states didn't produce qualified candidates for the job, those spaces were filled up by other qualified persons. Also, in the case of YouWin business competition for instance, 300 all round best have to be selected first before selecting 200 best from each of the 6 regions, so merit based systems still work when leaders are checked and laws are implemented.

On the case of police abusing their rights, tell me, even with all the abusive powers of police officers, what prevents them from seeing you on the streets and harassing you when you have done nothing wrong? Furthermore, like I mentioned, these are insights and not the whole process, for instance, as a police officer, you don't want illegal arrests to be in your case file and you must also support yourself with evidence, like wearing filming cameras and voice recorders that back you up, all these will be taking care of in the implementation plan.

These things are no magic, they already work in other countries. Google for instance didn't invent the search engine, they only restructured an existing system to work better based on more realistic needs.



barcanista:
U tactically avoided the sanusi's example and jump to asset declaration. For the record the law permits all public office holders to declare their assets before the Code of Conduct Bureau and not in print media. This Jonathan did and is not exclusive to the President alone. Did Any APC Governor or Legislator publicly declared their asset?

On quota system, that policy alone has defeated any talk of merit. You can't have quota system and still expect merit. It doesn't work that way. The solution is True Federalism and Resource Control. Let every federating units "rule" their territory as it best suit them.

Thanks and cheers
Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 2:19pm On May 12, 2015

On point!


obi4eze:

Mr Hypocrite shut up.
The OP has done a good job and you are here talking nonsense.
Did your mentor empower the EFCC to prosecute corrupt government officials? Why did he delay in sacking Oduah? What about Deziani who has dealt with this country? Why did he allow her get a court injunction to stop the House of Reps from investigating her? Now you will say Tinubu is corrupt but why didn't Jonathan prosecute him?

Sanusi alerted us on the missing 20 billion dollars and all Jonathan could do was sack him and appoint Emefiele to cover up.

Which useless technology has Jonathan used to solve corruption?

I read NOI's reply to Soludo and was trying to see what actually happened to the Foreign Reserves or what project they used it to execute but I could see none.
There is one thing posterity will not forgive GEJ for and that is his depletion of the Foreign Reserves.

Your folly stinks because you are the same person who talked about missing subsidy funds in this government.

When it comes to defending GEJ on corruption just shut up because we are not fools. We know the large-scale looting and corruption that has occurred in his government. We know how he politicized the Army and Police and made us look like fools before the whole world.

We want to forget all his misdeeds and move on.
Nigeria will be great again.

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by PassingShot(m): 2:23pm On May 12, 2015

Generally, your opinion is not bad.

On Judiciary, restructuring could include granting accelerated hearings for corruption cases. To achieve this and make it effective, a bill to that effect should be sponsored and passed at the NASS. This way, all corruption cases could be prosecuted within max of six months to one year.

On EFCC, I will suggest we a special law should be made to make it truly independent of the Executive arm such that the president doesn't have to be the one to appoint its Chairman. Or an arrangement where a special body recognized by law needs to approve such appointment by the president.

I'm on the move now, so can't type much.

socialmediaman:


Take your time bro.. Let's get your input on the matter.

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by Whynotthetruth(m): 2:31pm On May 12, 2015
Espeakilekwe !!!...
socialmediaman, the moment I saw your comment on the rantings of obi4eze; I lost interest in this thread...it shows how indebt you're...
Since I have booked this space...let me drop something for you;

1)You have very wrong perception of our system today probably due to military hangover... We are in democracy where we have separation of powers...Constitutionality holds supreme not morality.

2)You don't fight corruption by introducing more bureaucracy by virtue of all the new agencies and blocks you're talking about...

3)Federal character has made it impossible for Nigeria to grow based on merit. We can't be doing same thing and expect different result...If the best candidate for finance minister, defense minister, agricultural minister are from same state; be sure we won't have them because of federal character... Current presidential scholarship scheme is about to be bastardized because of federal character...

4)How long did it take UK to convict James Ibori?...You guys just love fantasies and avoid realities... Do you know how these corrupt acts or looting are done?...Do you think traces are left?...Quit dreaming jare...face reality plz...

5)APC call Jonathan corrupt but award contracts for a kilometer road for 1billion naira...and you people applaud them...do you see the looting within?...Can you accuse them of any crime?...but that's how fashola etc make their money?...how do you convict them?...it is possible but it is not a year investigation...

6)Issues like internal and external audit are already in the system... but because we are humans, abuses abound...And you people also suggest reducing recurrent expenditure but advocate more agencies...Aren't you confused

7)Tell APC states and other governors to implement FOI as that will reduce corruption and looting...forget all these undue concentration of attention on the centre. Most stealing are done in states and LGA...

Technology was used by Jonathan and results were coming...APC and others who benefitted from the wrath kept blackmailing Jonathan. Now, he's out. Let's see the magic outside those proactive measures of Jonathan...

9)am tired...good pm...next time
Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by Whynotthetruth(m): 2:37pm On May 12, 2015
I am here for two reasons; 1)To contribute meaningfully to this thread... 2)Most importantly to tackle passingshot he's reading...I am waiting
Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 2:39pm On May 12, 2015

PassingShot:
Reading .....

Take your time bro.. Let's get your input on the matter.

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 2:40pm On May 12, 2015
Lol, what's your opinion then?


Whynotthetruth:
I am here for two reasons;
1)To contribute meaningfully to this thread...
2)Most importantly to tackle passingshot he's reading...I am waiting
Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 3:00pm On May 12, 2015

That's cool, yeah, part of the judicial reform would ensure that civil cases don't bug the system too, by getting as far as the Supreme Court, and we need small courts for small offences too, something similar to the popular televised "judge Judy" is an insight.


PassingShot:
Generally, your opinion is not bad.

On Judiciary, restructuring could include granting accelerated hearings for corruption cases. To achieve this and make it effective, a bill to that effect should be sponsored and passed at the NASS. This way, all corruption cases could be prosecuted within max of six months to one year.

On EFCC, I will suggest we a special law should be made to make it truly independent of the Executive arm such that the president doesn't have to be the one to appoint its Chairman. Or an arrangement where a special body recognized by law needs to approve such appointment by the president.

I'm on the move now, so can't type much.

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by PassingShot(m): 3:07pm On May 12, 2015

The Police reform is one area I am not sure how we can achieve the needed reform there. Honestly, the Nigerian Police is the most corrupt institution we have and given the nature of their work, fighting corruption successfully there will surely be a Herculean task.

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 3:26pm On May 12, 2015

I'm very positive about the workability of a police reform. Police is not 100% corrupt-free anywhere in the world, but with technology, civil society participation and enlightenment, it will work. For instance, the IG says don't pay for bail, but who do we talk to if we're asked to pay for bail? And how does the IG know the suspect Is still being detained with no concrete explanation of there's no central system where every individual pops up once their detention exceeds 24hrs?


PassingShot:
The Police reform is one area I am not sure how we can achieve the needed reform there. Honestly, the Nigerian Police is the most corrupt institution we have and given the nature of their work, fighting corruption successfully there will surely be a Herculean task.

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by PassingShot(m): 3:39pm On May 12, 2015

socialmediaman:
I'm very positive about the workability of a police reform. Police is not 100% corrupt-free anywhere in the world, but with technology, civil society participation and enlightenment, it will work. For instance, the IG says don't pay for bail, but who do we talk to if we're asked to pay for bail? And how does the IG know the suspect Is still being detained with no concrete explanation of there's no central system where every individual pops up once their detention exceeds 24hrs?



Good you're positive but what type of technology do you have in mind that can give us good result?

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 3:47pm On May 12, 2015

@whynotthetruth, I'm a GEJ critic and it's not something I'm hiding, that doesn't mean I don't commend him when he does something, but he doesn't have it, it's not in him, Nigeria needs someone more decisive, and the choice on Buhari to me is very much on point. Some of these objective national issues are lying dusty under the presidency, GEJ just didn't care.. I have to stop here for now

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by Whynotthetruth(m): 3:49pm On May 12, 2015

PassingShot:
Generally, your opinion is not bad.

On Judiciary, restructuring could include granting accelerated hearings for corruption cases. To achieve this and make it effective, a bill to that effect should be sponsored and passed at the NASS. This way, all corruption cases could be prosecuted within max of six months to one year.

On EFCC, I will suggest we a special law should be made to make it truly independent of the Executive arm such that the president doesn't have to be the one to appoint its Chairman. Or an arrangement where a special body recognized by law needs to approve such appointment by the president.

I'm on the move now, so can't type much.

Do you know how long it took UK to prosecute James Ibori?...check time and cost...be realistic bro...forget fantasies...

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by BlackTechnology: 3:52pm On May 12, 2015
The best way to kill corruption is to jail


Tinubu

OBJ

Saraki

Rochas

Amaechi

Atiku


And purge the Federal Civil Service.
Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 3:55pm On May 12, 2015

PassingShot:


Good you're positive but what type of technology do you have in mind that can give us good result?

Ok. A simple example using the banking system. When you make withdrawals at any branch of a bank in Nigeria, your account is deducted and it doesn't matter where the withdrawal was initiated from, the technology world is very powerful. If you want to program the system so that the IG in Abuja knows what is happening in any police unit in Nigeria, very simple, this is technology. It's used in schools to regulate the activities of teachers regarding attendance and accesment, it's used in banks, can be used in police business too including gps tracking of police cars etc. technology is a powerful tool for implementing checks and balances, if not for video recording phones for instance, a lot of crimes will go unpunished.. Technology and training is the way to go IMO

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by Whynotthetruth(m): 3:56pm On May 12, 2015
socialmediaman:
@whynotthetruth, I'm a GEJ critic and it's not something I'm hiding, that doesn't mean I don't commend him when he does something, but he doesn't have it, it's not in him, Nigeria needs someone more decisive, and the choice on Buhari to me is very much on point. Some of these objective national issues are lying dusty under the presidency, GEJ just didn't care.. I have to stop here for now

I just told you that you suffering from military hangover... and you just confirmed it ...Separation of powers must be observed and respected...Senate and Reps aren't rubber stamps as we have in most state house of assembly...

Corruption resides under your nose...from family to LGA..to state....cure them first...nothing changes if your grassroot doesn't change...federal government isn't grassroot government...Buhari won't arrest your kindred chairman who embezzles his community fund and many more rather you will do it through local and state agencies...charity begins at home...
Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by Whynotthetruth(m): 4:03pm On May 12, 2015

socialmediaman:


Ok. A simple example using the banking system. When you make withdrawals at any branch of a bank in Nigeria, your account is deducted and it doesn't matter where the withdrawal was initiated from, the technology world is very powerful. If you want to program the system so that the IG in Abuja knows what is happening in any police unit in Nigeria, very simple, this is technology. It's used in schools to regulate the activities of teachers regarding attendance and accesment, it's used in banks, can be used in police business too including gps tracking of police cars etc. technology is a powerful tool for implementing checks and balances, if not for video recording phones for instance, a lot of crimes will go unpunished.. Technology and training is the way to go IMO

All I see here is running around doing theoretical and paper solution... these aren't practicable...police isn't bank...

Be specific and name which technology should be used where and for what...tell us success rate...tell us worst case scenario...

tell us how technology can stop fashola from awarding contract for a kilometer of road for 1billion...be practical boss

1 Like Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by Whynotthetruth(m): 4:09pm On May 12, 2015

socialmediaman:
I'm very positive about the workability of a police reform. Police is not 100% corrupt-free anywhere in the world, but with technology, civil society participation and enlightenment, it will work. For instance, the IG says don't pay for bail, but who do we talk to if we're asked to pay for bail? And how does the IG know the suspect Is still being detained with no concrete explanation of there's no central system where every individual pops up once their detention exceeds 24hrs?

1)Most corruption cases at the centre under Jonathan is about perception not reality...

2)Corruption is more at states and local governments...but you people don't mind...

3)Average Nigerian is corrupt. From the age of 15years upwards. I deal with realities not fantasies...Mind you, even cheating in school is corruption...

4)Corruption is imbedded in the psyche...can it be reduced?... Yes...wiped out?...No...can buhari system of prison mentality erode corruption?... Impossible...

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 4:37pm On May 12, 2015

Let's be more objective about this. Corruption is not a monster, it's an act or sets of acts that become norm of not checked. Let's take the PWC audit on NNPC for instance. As a president its your duty to ensure that your ministers and heads do not subvert due process. The CBN refused to open its books, and you did not nothing when you were told, the NNPC flouts constitutional laws and runs its own parallel accounts instead of the federation account, you did nothing. The NNPC doesn't even know how much it earns from crude, you look the other way, and trillions get missing?

Let's not forget that Nigeria runs a federal system of government, anti-corruption agencies are controlled at the federal, so if the EFCC fails, you have failed too, you don't give people jobs and not check how well they're performing, and not expect to take blame when they fail?


Whynotthetruth:


1)Most corruption cases at the centre under Jonathan is about perception not reality...

2)Corruption is more at states and local governments...but you people don't mind...

3)Average Nigerian is corrupt. From the age of 15years upwards. I deal with realities not fantasies...Mind you, even cheating in school is corruption...

4)Corruption is imbedded in the psyche...can it be reduced?... Yes...wiped out?...No...can buhari system of prison mentality erode corruption?... Impossible...

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 4:46pm On May 12, 2015

Whynotthetruth:


All I see here is running around doing theoretical and paper solution... these aren't practicable...police isn't bank...

Be specific and name which technology should be used where and for what...tell us success rate...tell us worst case scenario...

tell us how technology can stop fashola from awarding contract for a kilometer of road for 1billion...be practical boss

Your question is kinda out of place because before the introduction of fingerprint readers, INEC officials could quote any number of people as having been accredited for voting, you may call it fingerprint reader, but it's called technology. There are software and hardware technologies used in law enforcement, they are no different from the regular technologies used in the bank or other companies. Let me break this down, when you say "Airforce One", it doesn't mean a special technology used to carry the president of the US president, it means an airplane built with special features to accommodate the needs of the presidency. I don't know how else to explain technology if you see it as a special kind of system that needs heaven before its developed

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by Nobody: 4:48pm On May 12, 2015

They say charity begins at home, so also if Nigeria is to fight corruption, it should begin from the grassroots where everything starts.... You cannot demolish a skyscraper from the top, it always has to be tackled from the base.... The people who scream corruption are more corrupt, but they just dont have the chance to enact that level of corruption... If given the chance a lot would do worse... So until th mentality of chop make i chop is eradicated, corruption can not be removed, because the same people who will eventually get to the top in future are groomed from the grassroots...

Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by socialmediaman: 4:49pm On May 12, 2015
We're talking of executive decisions here. The executive is the arm of government that implements the law, if a law Is not working or being implemented, then the problem is from the executive, that's why you need decisive leaders to run the executive


Whynotthetruth:


I just told you that you suffering from military hangover... and you just confirmed it ...Separation of powers must be observed and respected...Senate and Reps aren't rubber stamps as we have in most state house of assembly...

Corruption resides under your nose...from family to LGA..to state....cure them first...nothing changes if your grassroot doesn't change...federal government isn't grassroot government...Buhari won't arrest your kindred chairman who embezzles his community fund and many more rather you will do it through local and state agencies...charity begins at home...
Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by Whynotthetruth(m): 5:10pm On May 12, 2015
socialmediaman:
Let's be more objective about this. Corruption is not a monster, it's an act or sets of acts that become norm of not checked. Let's take the PWC audit on NNPC for instance. As a president its your duty to ensure that your ministers and heads do not subvert due process. The CBN refused to open its books, and you did not nothing when you were told, the NNPC flouts constitutional laws and runs its own parallel accounts instead of the federation account, you did nothing. The NNPC doesn't even know how much it earns from crude, you look the other way, and trillions get missing?
Let's not forget that Nigeria runs a federal system of government, anti-corruption agencies are controlled at the federal, so if the EFCC fails, you have failed too, you don't give people jobs and not check how well they're performing, and not expect to take blame when they fail?

1)You aren't informed about what you're saying about NNPC...got study their rules of operation including that of its subsidiaries before doing all these emotional blackmail and social media conviction... If you're informed about their operations which is a bit complex; you won't spew these here...

2)Study the difference between military government and Democratic government... check out presidential powers before debating...because you're getting it all wrong...

3)Do you really understand federal system... Is Nigeria operating true federalism?...You need clarify yourself bro on lots of issues plzzz...

4)You don't sack people arbitrarily because you're president bro...most of you guys reasoning pisses me off...there are checks and balances for all these bro...eg Jega missed the mark but wasn't sacked because of more of national security and also national assembly won't allow it too...
Re: How To Fight And End Corruption In Nigeria - Opinion by Whynotthetruth(m): 5:13pm On May 12, 2015
socialmediaman:


Your question is kinda out of place because before the introduction of fingerprint readers, INEC officials could quote any number of people as having been accredited for voting, you may call it fingerprint reader, but it's called technology. There are software and hardware technologies used in law enforcement, they are no different from the regular technologies used in the bank or other companies. Let me break this down, when you say "Airforce One", it doesn't mean a special technology used to carry the president of the US president, it means an airplane built with special features to accommodate the needs of the presidency. I don't know how else to explain technology if you see it as a special kind of system that needs heaven before its developed

What software would stop your village chief from shortchanging his people... or LGA from inflating contract sum?...or student from cheating?...or you from jumping queue?...

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CONCLUSION: One of the best ways to help Nigeria grow is to shun corruption. We should refuse to give or accept bribes. We may be called upon to suffer negative consequences, including not landing a job or foregoing benefits, because we fail to bribe our way. We ought to have the courage to report instances of bribery to authorities and demand that the allegations be investigated. Feel good about yourself and the urge to give or accept bribery would invariably lessen. When all is said and done, we shall remain humble and respectful, and be sincerely interested in all Nigerians in non-exploitative manner, while preparing ourselves to enter careers that provide opportunities to serve Nigeria in exemplary ways without the use of bribery.

The task of making Nigeria good and safe cannot be hung on the shoulders of President Buhari alone or on the laps to any one individual. Each Nigerian has a part to play. This essay discusses six ways we Nigerians can achieve self renewal and personality adjustment in order to help our country grow. Governing Nigeria is not an easy task. First of all, stop taking and giving bribery. Second, be humble. Third, respect yourself and others. Fourth, be sincerely interested in other Nigerians in non-exploitative ways.  Fifth, get involved in rendering public service to Nigeria. Sixth, get a good education that prepares you to enter into careers of the future.  It is easier to talk about our problems than to tackle them head-on. We are not all united as a people because we have very diverse religious and cultural allegiances that militate against unity and development. We have been described as a nation with contradictions: conscientious yet lacking in conscience; hard-working yet hardly working. We have long been history of problems which we have created through ineptitude, greed, self-centeredness, bribery and corruption.

We should not shy away from taking responsibility for our problems, and we must stop blaming our problems on "black Africa's " under-development and past European colonialism. When we make it easy on ourselves by blaming others, our stupidity continues unabated. It is time we changed faulty thinking. Let's stop deluding ourselves. Why do we often opine that, given the right incentives and adequate resources (electricity, good roads and clean water), we Nigerians can hopefully rise up to overcome challenges that shackle us to become one of the world's most promising economies? Wait a minute! Doesn't the "rise and shine" depend upon our willingness to take an honest look at us and examine sources of our shortcoming? We begin by developing proper attitudes through self-modification that would bring positive results. We cannot wait for Buhari or Idiakpon to whip us into submission. The success we will achieve through self-directed behavior modification will depend largely upon our willingness to aggressively confront the devils in us. In his Inaugural address, January 20, 1961, U. S. President John F. Kennedy urged the world to " ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."  What are we Nigerians asking ourselves to do for our country in order to make Nigeria what she ought to be: a safer and more habitable environment?

First of all, we can no longer consider it a pastime to give or accept bribery. A bribe is an inducement, a backhander, or enticement to do something illegal. A good definition of bribery is:  "The act of taking or receiving something with the intention of influencing the recipient in some way favorable to the party providing the bribe." See: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/bribery.html

As a form of corruption, bribery harms Nigeria at home; it trivializes her reputation abroad. Because Nigeria is a developing economy and in order for us to succeed, there must be safeguards in place to provide transparency, accountability, and probity. There is bound to be mismanagement, embezzlement, and abuse of office once these safeguards are missing. The effects of bribery and corruption cannot be overemphasized. When you or people you know give or accept bribes, several things are bound to happen. Bribery has a draconian domino-effect. Higher prices are passed on to Nigerian consumers because all the bribes are considered as taxes and costs of doing business, When you extort bribes from  foreign entrepreneurs, your action leads to reduced goods and services and create inflation because foreign investors either shy away or import inferior products such as antibiotics with empty capsules Your bribery is a corruption that leads to reduced commitments from donor agencies such s the UNESCO, UNICEF, and USAID which may feel that foreign aids given to Nigeria are nor fostering sustainable development but ending up in the pockets of corrupt government officials . The bribe you give or demand from merchants reduces tax revenue due to Nigerian government where officials look the other way while tax evasions run unbridled. When tax revenues are reduced, government is unable to finance capital expenditures, leading to deficit expenditures.

Haven't I seen the effect of bribery? I once went to Lagos to check on the status of a savings account I had opened in 2005. Upon entering the bank, I went to one of the bank workers at the front desk. I gave my name, and proceeded to explain that I had misplaced my Passbook in America . In short, I didn't have the Passbook number.  The 30 something-year-old woman ignored me and kept looking at a computer in front of her. I called the Nigerian friend I was visiting to ask for his advice. Benson said: "Give her two thousand Naira and she would help you,"   I said::"Two thousand, Benson? Are you crazy?. I've never given a teller a dime at my Bank of America." Benson responded: "This is Nigeria, not America." I waited in front of the woman who kept looking at the computer, forcing me to conclude she was ugly and as greasy as a raccoon in the summer heat.

I quickly counted 200 Naira in the palm of my right hand, and grabbing the woman's right hand in a handshake, I slapped the money into her clammy, sweaty hand. My, God, the bribe worked!. The old raccoon  suddenly sprang into action. I had the information I need almost instantaneously. I hated it when Benson started singing like a broken record. "You cannot survive in Nigeria without giving bribes." The next day, I accompanied Benson to pay for his electric bill at NEPA. The bill was for 7,000 Naira, and Benson swore he would not pay that much. When we got to the office, Benson disappeared to the rear entrance. As I ran after Benson round the corner, I saw bribery pass from Benson's hand to a sneaky man who was as ugly as the bank worker. We left the NEPA office while Benson bragged he had paid just 2,000 Naira. I wanted to ask "Benson, where did 5,000 Naira go? Then, I got it. Bribery is ugly, and Benson was right. You cannot survive in Nigerian without the bribery..

In addition to destroying the economy, the bribe you give or take destroys Nigerians on a more personal level. Unqualified applicants who give bribes are hired to further render Nigerian society more bizarre.  Poorly trained teachers contribute to mass failures in the national examinations. Doctors who obtained credentials through bribery may be responsible for Nigerians dying of complications from simple procedure, such as pregnancies and abortions; high blood pressure; and diabetes to name only a few. In short, your bribery floods Nigeria with dangerously inept employees whose services are, at best, incredibly baneful rather than beneficial and at worst. Rob Nigeria of much needed foreign exchange. The result is not only that Nigeria loses millions of dollars in unpaid taxes but, in addition, the nation is an unwilling beneficiary of inefficient services that are rendered by unqualified workforce. We must demonstrate love of country by refusing to give or accept bribes.

We ought to begin life in a positive way in order to help Nigeria grow. We must not believe all the lies and negative prognoses, predictions, or forecasts we hear about Nigeria and about the people of Nigeria.  One forecast has it that Nigeria would disintegrate in 2015. The year 2015 has come and is now quietly going, yet Nigeria remains a solid nation. Nigeria's 170 million inhabitants are still surviving. As you can see, we are not all dead. The economy is as vibrant as ever. It has been shown that the economy of Nigeria has surpassed South Africa's. Another lie about Nigeria has to do with the prediction that we would disintegrate until we become a Muslim caliphate under boko haram leader Abubakar Shekau and his murderous crew. At one time, it was rumored that violent Muslim jihads would overrun the country from the north down to the sea until Nigeria becomes what Saudi Arabia used to be in the 7th century, a barren and desolate enclave where people lived in caves. These predictions are nothing more than fear-mongering attempts to disunite my people.

Therefore, do not believe negative things which you tell yourself or hear other people tell you about your past. You cannot continue to be shackled to your past.  You are shackled when you feel fettered, manacled, chained up, put in irons, constrained, restricted, or put in a pillory.  Your past is gone, and your present in now. Why do you live in the past when you ought to be concerned about the here and now? Past defeats and failures do not mean that is the way things are and ought to be. Many Nigerians may be discouraged and begin to feel trapped with feelings of boredom, hopelessness and helplessness. A few examples of such negative thinking will illustrate the point:

I am citizen of Nigeria, a country beset and besieged by many problems, and you expect me to succeed in the midst of all these?

Okay, my family is and has been poor; I can't seem to rise above this poverty.

Everyone knows I am a Christian in a largely Muslim country, and I am expected to succeed when everything is stacked against my religion.

There is a pattern of divorce in my family.

My family has gone through a lot of things that are related to witchcraft, such as insanity.

It is strange I am the first person in my family to attend college.

Both my father and grandfather had been petty traders unable to feed their families.

How do I study electrical engineering when there is not a single engineer in my family?

I am always ill during examinations and job interviews.

My uncles and townspeople think I will not amount to anything since my father died.

I was abandoned before the War, orphaned after the War, and found wandering around like no man's child.

Getting beyond your past is easy and will depend upon your thought processes, determination, and beliefs. You must let go of the past and grab the future. Live in the present. You have a series of steps to follow to free yourself from your negative past. Pick a place, and day, and time to start. Develop an insight, some thoughts about what you want to do and how to do it. Set goals. Go for it. Discover that your past has no significance at all ; it is highly irrelevant. Begin to see your past as an unpleasant event or injury that needed to heal. Your past illness, bad luck, or accident is inconsequential once it has been healed. It is an opportunity to help discover new you.  The unpleasant event cannot be relived, but will be carried in the mind to motivate you to move forward to greater heights. Life is NOW, TODAY, IN THE PRESENT. There is no better time to begin life than this very moment. This time, like all times, is the best if we can discover how to make the best use of it.

Next, cultivate the spirit of humility in your dealings with your fellow Nigerian citizens. To get along in Nigeria and with Nigerians, it pays to be humble. It is amazing how we have come to fear humility unjustifiably. Humility is nothing more than a building block essential to success. Humility is not to be confused with being the underdog or doormat upon which people wipe their feet. There is tremendous power in humility defined as humbleness, modesty, meekness, or unassuming nature.  Humble people are easy to approach, to be made friends with, or to talk to. I'd rather confide in a humble man or woman who has my interest at heart and who would keep my secrets than to bare my heart to a humpy fellow who is an  arrogant know-it-all or have-it-all, or who would look down on me or talk down on me  as soon as I turn my back.  The antonym of humility is being puffed up, prideful, feelings of superiority or self-importance. Arrogant and prideful Nigerians  are the presidents and politicians who stole millions of dollars belonging to Nigeria or carry public money to foreign countries while Nigerians wallow in penury, squalor, and neediness. Extreme forms of pride are conceit, egotism, and superciliousness, being pompous and disdainful. Remember to talk humbly with both people you supervise and those who have power or you. Show humility when dealing with Nigerians from tribes other than yours. Refer to them as the Igbo, not Anyamiri. The Yorubas are not Ofe manu or Ngbati Ngbati.  A Northern Nigerian may respectfully be referred to as Hausa, Kanuri,  or Fulani, not nomad or cattle herder.

The third way to help Nigeria grow is to show respect to yourself and to other Nigerians. Show respect for the other person's opinion. Encourage the other person to express his or her opinion fully without hindrance. Listen carefully as that person speaks. Never interrupt the speaker to elaborate; rather ask the speaker to explain points not easily understood.  Ask questions rather than criticizing. Ask without barking orders, and without being condescending. Easily agree with a speaker's opinion then ask questions that do not raise unnecessary debates. Say: "Yes, yes, you're very correct." Never say: "Oga, you are wrong" even when you have the irresistible urge to say so.  Bite your tongue; bide your time. If the speaker is wrong, do not add insult to an injury by jeering:  "Aha, didn't I tell you?" or "I know you would make a fool of yourself." By gentle persuasion, give the speaker an opportunity to save face, and to correct obvious mistakes.

Praise the slightest improvement your neighbor makes. Praise small approximations our country Nigeria makes toward justice, fair play, and becoming an egalitarian society. Praise efforts the President and military make to defeat  boko haram.  Laud  efforts made to tackle officials accused of taking bribes. Write congratulatory letters to government for building good roads, providing healthcare, or creating jobs for young graduates. Rejoice at the Nigerian Railways Corporation coming back to life. When a thing is done right, let the persons responsible for the good deed take credit and let them feel the idea is theirs. When a thing is done wrong, do not be the first to jump on bandwagons of condemnation. Before you condemn, put yourself in the other person's shoes, feel how he or she might have felt, then condemn similar mistakes you had made in the past. Condemn as gently as you can , first beginning with praise and appreciation. No one is above mistakes.

Greet each Nigerian by name with enthusiasm. Shake hands firmly when the occasion arises. Bow down or prostrate in a show of respect as the occasion may require. People relate or respond to us better when they are convinced that we sincerely respect them. I once was admitted to a prestigious graduate school in middle United States for the two-year Master's degree.  I failed to obtain the degree in the department that had admitted me because my major professor felt my attitudes had a lot to be desired. He said I did not get along in the department, was disrespectful, arrogant, and highly opinioned as most Nigerians are. I was dismissed from the department and asked to seek a transfer to another department. This was a career setback for me , as well as a blow to my ego because I had lost the departmental scholarship that paid my tuition and board; it did not require me to work part-time. However, losing the departmental scholarship forced me to re-evaluate my development as a Nigerian and  international graduate student who needed to be in good standing at a major research university. I began to study the craft of getting along with faculty and fellow students whom I asked to point out instances of my misbehavior whenever they occured. Six months later, I enrolled at another department, where I completed the MS degree and was recommended for a State job.

Fourth strategy is , be sincerely interested in other Nigerians, not just in members of your tribe but across the board. Make friends with members of other Nigerian tribes. You never know who might come to your aid when you encounter difficulties. I heard a story of one Igbo man I shall name Ebere who was an outcast of his Anambra family.  Ebere's  parents died, and his uncles thrust him aside and had little to do with him because uncles were busy raising their own children. Ebere moved around Enugu, Aba, and Umuahia, and finally settled in Lagos with a strong interest in buying and selling motor parts. Today, Ebere is a multimillionaire/ importer of car parts from Japan and China. Because Ebere had little capital to invest, he aligned himself with a Yoruba family whom he convinced that in the motor parts was a lucrative business. Through being truthful, humble and respectful, Ebere was able to convince the Yoruba family to start a motor parts business. He learned Yoruba language, married a Yoruba woman, and attempted to feel comfortable with Yoruba lifestyle.

Fifth, get involved in public service to Nigeria. Speaking  about JFK's Inaugural address of January 20, 1961, intoning " ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,"  there are ample opportunities open for Nigerians to support their government. Read newspapers and other materials to judge the accuracy of events happening in Nigerian and around the world. Be informed of everything about Nigeria. Serve as a juror, elected office holder, a member of a commission, or census enumerator. Run to be elected Senator or member of the Nigerian House of representatives.  Vote in your local, state and national elections, and encourage others run for offices.  Participate in political discussions. Support the campaign of a candidate seeking election.  Contribute money to a party or candidate. Sign petitions to support or oppose a government action. You can influence legislations by writing letters to elected representatives, advocating certain actions or opposing others. Nigerians can serve in the military and other law-enforcement bodies. In all your campaigning and political activities, do things orderly and avoid violence or intimidation of opponents. As a Nigerian, you may be called upon to disobey certain laws and accept consequences in order to demonstrate that a law or policy needs to be changed because it is unjust.

Sixth, get a good education that prepares you to enter into careers essential to Nigeria's future. By 2035, Nigeria's needs would drastically change in order to keep pace with the scientific and technological age. Nigerian will need trained people to fill needs in education as classroom teachers of mathematics, science, and language arts; principals; guidance counselors; educational psychologists; special education professionals; school social workers; and mental health counselors. Nigerians seeking to serve their country in the therapeutic line may consider medical diagnosing and treatment, as well as physicians practicing in obstetrics and gynecology to combat prevalence of Nigerian women dying during childbirths. If you are a healthcare professional, you can help prevent massive exodus of Nigerian pregnant women travelling to European and American hospitals to deliver babies. You can assist in the fight against common diseases, such as diabetes, cancer, leukemia, and high blood pressure that kill hundreds of our people every year.

Since we can no longer look down on manual labor, Nigeria needs technicians in all areas that include plumbers, electricians, welders, heating/AC workers, building construction, and waste management.  Other areas needing help from Nigerians include computer occupations, telecommunication/It (mobile and internet) engineers, and hack programmers. If you are interested in boosting Nigerian business, you may consider training in project management, investment banking, business operation, sales representation and management. To help manage Nigeria's natural resources, there are opportunities in petroleum, including chemical, electrical, mechanical engineers, oil and gas.   We need Nigerians in mining because an investigation of the minerals and precious metals under the Nigerian earth has not yet been taken seriously.

In conclusion, we encourage the readers to seek ways to help Nigeria grow by resisting  and shunning the temptations to participate in bribery and corruption, in order for the future of Nigerian to be bright and encouraging. When corruption ceases to fester at the highest levels of government, the people will cease to suffer from bad roads, frequent power outages, shortages of drinkable water, and joblessness. Let's all pitch in to make Nigeria grow.

James C. Agazie (JD, EdD, MS, MA, BA) completed his primary and secondary schools in Nigeria before emigrating to the United States for advanced degrees in mathematics, education and law. His teaching and counseling experiences have taken him to primary schools in Nigeria, Enugu IMT, several secondary schools and  undergraduate and graduate universities in the United States. Dr..Agazie lives in and writes from Georgia, USA.  Please check website www.chatafrik.com for some of his other essays.

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