As I indicated last time and have always said, to me corruption is always and everywhere the result of the expected frequency of opportunity. I believe that corruption happens because of persistent and entrenched personal or environmental uncertainty. So to end corruption, it is imperative we reduce the level of personal and environmental economic uncertainty. Once I asked some young people what they were the critical problems with Nigeria and Africa. They said, number one is corruption and number two is lack of electricity. You know what? I agree with them. If you solve these, in which of course the lack of electricity is a function of virulent corruption, you will solve much of the development challenge in Africa. So it is indeed clear, fighting corruption should be the primary target in Africa at this time because it is undermining economic growth, discouraging foreign private investment and decimating the resources available for infrastructure, public services and poverty reduction programs. Corruption raises the cost of living for the poor by forcing them to sometimes pay bribes and unnecessary fees, in addition to pass through costs from corruption incidence upstream markets and activities. Corruption undermines the effectiveness of donor-funded projects and weakens public support for such assistance among donor countries. . As I have already said, the key thing to do is to reduce the level of uncertainty, especially environmental uncertainty. There should never be any doubt as to the effectiveness of the law. No one should be above the law. This must be demanded by the people, the electorate. Improved public sector financial management and peer review mechanisms are essential. And to show that anti-corruption laws can bite, corrupt practices must be visibly punished. And so to reduce personal uncertainty especially in the civil service, remunerations, compensations and pensions should be clearly merit driven, adequate and equitable. And at the top, political appointments should be justified based on prior related records and competencies. People often look to civil society groups to help. Folks sometimes these people are terribly compromised. However since many anti corruption civil society groups are funded by donors and philanthropists, only the ones that have track records in open and visible challenge on corruption should receive continued funding. I know all these are easy to say but awfully difficult to do. As President Buhari is doing in Nigeria, let us start somewhere. It can be done and high flying corruption can end. I am Magnus Kpakol, and thatâ€™s my view.
Posted: May 24th, 2016 @ 07:49:45 AM