Corruption and the Challenges of Sustainable Transformation in Nigeria (1999 to 2014)

Research areas: Year: 2014
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: Corruption, Sustainable transformation, Challenges, Holistic, Endemic
  • Adedire, Solomon Adebayo
Journal: Journal of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Volume: 4
Number: 2 Pages: 88-118
Month: December
Corruption and the challenges of sustainable transformation in Nigeria’ is a holistic view of the damages that corruption has done especially in ensuring sustainable transformation of the present administration’s transformation agenda. Secondary source of data collection was employed. The paper argued that corruption has become both systemic and endemic, so much that the average Nigerian until very recently, came to accept it as the normal way of life. The challenge of meeting both human needs and human aspirations within the planet’s carrying capacity makes the overall ambition complex. A number of countries have attained a high level of human development, but this has often been at the expense of the global natural resource base, this development path is not sustainable in the long run. The paper revealed that corruption is one of the most severe impediments to sustainable transformation. Other factors identified were gender inequality, ethnic and religious crisis, marginalization, lack of human capital development, lack of conducive environment, haphazard execution of state budget, over ambitious development plan etc. The paper recommended that corruption and its associated social vices like armed robbery, kidnapping, bribery, prostitution etc .should be reduced to the barest minimum, the economy should be diversified away from oil and gas, human capital needs to be developed, equal gender representation in government, proper implementation of budget and creating an enabling environment for all towards attaining the vision of a sustainable world. The paper concluded that a sustainable world cannot be realized until there are structural measures and stronger policy action to influence both production and consumption patterns.