CORRUPTION IN THE NIGERIAN LOCAL GOVERNMENT SYSTEM
THE WAY FORWARD
Keywords:local government, local government system, Corruption, Embezzlement, Accountability, public financial resources
Corruption is a deadly monster that has eaten deep in virtually all sectors of the Nigerian economy. The impunity with which quantum of public financial resources are looted and mismanaged is worrisome and constitute the bane of socio-economic development in Nigeria. Hence, most Nigerians live in abject poverty amidst plenty. In the year 2015, out of 168 countries surveyed, Nigeria ranked 136. This implies that Nigeria was the 32nd most corrupt country in the world (Corruption Perception Index, 2015). The study therefore examined corrupt practices in the Nigerian local government system. The study adopted prebendalism theory. The researcher employed content analytical technique to explore issues on corruption especially at the local government level. The study observed that the unsettled value system, lack of commitment to public course, poverty, greed, lust for money, paying for official positions among others constitute the causes of corruption in Nigeria. The study concludes that corruption is harmful and should be discarded if Nigeria must move forward especially in the area of local government administration. As measures to curb the ugly menace of corruption, the paper recommends that the institutions saddled with the responsibilities of fighting corruption such as the EFCC and ICPC should be strengthened. There should not be “sacred cows” in addressing the issue of corruption and all hands must be on deck. Proper monitoring of the financial activities in the local government system should be encouraged among others.