ABU Journal, Department Of Public Administration
Volume No: 2|
COALITION BUILDING TO FIGHT CORRUPTION AT THE BASE OF THE PYRAMID: THE ROLE OF THE CIVIL SOCIETY IN NIGERIA
DEPARTMENT OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT & DEVELOPMENT STUDIES, AHMADU BELLO UNIVERSITY,ZARIA KADUNA-STATE, NIGERIA
Corruption is not a new issue. It has lived with us for centuries now. What however, stares us in the face is how public funds are squandered with impunity and reckless abandon. During the past few years, academics and members of the civil society have realized the link between corruption and economic growth, with this relation distorting the allocation of resources. It is in the quest for good governance that this article was written. The methodology was basically qualitative with a high dose of content analysis and drawing from the experience of other countries to instill best practices in Nigeria. The paper is of the view that the anti-graft and law enforcement agencies alone cannot successfully wage and win the war against corruption. It is the view of the paper that fighting corruption, which is a socio-cultural issue, needs the support and coalition of the civil society.
The debilitating effects of corruption on the Nigerian economy are so glaring to everyone and need not be recounted here. The pervasiveness of the scourge points to the weakness of existing mechanism to tackle corruption. Tackling corruption therefore requires a multi prong approach that addresses a set of fundamental institutional determinants. The call being made is for an institutional reform that promotes civil society coalition with government in a participatory manner to nib corruption in the bud. This approach it is hoped will promote and support the efforts of the anti-graft and the law enforcement agencies in their bid to fight corruption in Nigeria.