For a very long time, Nigeria has battled corruption which many say is the root cause of the nation’s problems.
The Buhari-led administration has made fighting corruption its top priority, but it seem that the more a war is waged, corruption continues to fight back harder.
Former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Monday, September 19, revealed 12 major ways by which Nigeria can win the war against this menace that won’t allow the country grow.
Below are the top 12 ways to end the corruption war in Nigeria, as recommended by Mallam Nuhu Ribadu.
1. Leadership is key
“Leadership at all levels should be beyond reproach to provide the needed example. There should also be the will to apply the sanctions. As I have pointed out several times, lack of will by the political leadership to prosecute the war against corruption takes us to nowhere. The political leadership should be determined and it should be seen to be serious about it.”
2. Honesty must be rewarded
“Honesty has to be lifted to the position of a prized and rewarding national value. Criminals should not be celebrated as heroes on account of their wealth.”
3. Make a budget for all expenditure
“All government expenditures should be budgeted. Extra-budgetary spending should be criminalised and security votes should be completely phased out.”
4. Give room for transparency
“Transparency should be the keyword in all government businesses; from budgeting to award of contracts and even employment. Lack of transparency is the first thing that sows the seed of corruption.”
5. Place technology at the centre
“Smart technology should be deployed in procurement process to give room for transparent and accountable system of doing business.”
6. Run cashless
“Cash transactions should be completely abolished or minimized as much as possible. With electronic movements of cash everything could be within watch and can be tracked.”
7. Get rid of electoral malpractice
“We should weed out corruption in our electoral process. If corruption thrives in the way leaders are brought to offices, we are indirectly bringing corrupt people to power and thus perpetuating corruption.”
8. Let the civil society and media be vigilant watchdogs
“The civil society and the media should be encouraged to be very vigilant and honest watchdogs of all systems. Whistle-blowers must be encouraged and protected.”
9. Cut away too much bureaucratic processes
“Red tapes and administrative bottlenecks in the bureaucracy should be tackled. Reducing unnecessary process will cut down tendencies of corruption as people need not to bypass established rules to accomplish any task.”
10. Abolish subsidies
“Subsidies should be phased out by the government to stop all the haemorrhage and abuse. As a discretionary intervention, subsidies on whatever service or product is very much prone to corruption by both the beneficiaries and those managing it, as we have seen with petroleum subsidy in this country.”
11. Proper education for qualitative outcomes
“Education is important to this process. Citizens need to be sufficiently educated to be able to sieve right from the wrongs and demand for what is right.”
12. Say ‘NO’ to compromise
“Lastly, at the root of achieving all these is a resolve by all Nigerians individually and collectively to not compromise. We must resolve to shun corruption entirely by taking a stand that ‘I will not take bribe again’ no matter the consequences. Time will come when there will be no takers!”
Ribadu said Nigeria is almost getting back on track in the fight against corruption. In a recent interactive session with journalists at the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, Ribadu said the current political leadership is extremely strong when it comes to fighting corruption.
According to him, the EFCC under Ibrahim Magu has made more recoveries than any time in the history of Nigeria.