Assessment of Public Opinion on the Role of Law Regulatory Bodies in Curbing Corruption

Research areas: Year: 2014
Type of Publication: Article Keywords: Assessment, Public Opinion, Role, Law Regulatory Bodies, Curbing, Corruption
Authors:
  • and Egbelade O. Mathew, Stephen S. Ojo
Journal: Journal of Social Sciences and Public Affairs Volume: 4
Number: 2 Pages: 119-134
Month: December
Abstract:
The long years of military rule had entrenched corruption in Nigeria; almost becoming institutionalized. All law enforcement and other watchdog institution were so compromised that they now served the needs of the corrupt than those of the society they were set up for. In view of these, appropriate legislation was enacted to criminalize all corrupt conducts through law regulatory bodies. The increasing rate of corruption in the economic governance and in public corporations has eroded public confidence and trust in matters regarding transparency and financial probity. The objective of this paper is to evaluate the curbing and eradication of corruption in Nigerian economy through the activities of law regulatory bodies. The paper is empirical with the testing of three hypotheses. The statistical model applied is chi-square using Statistical Package for Social Statistics (SPSS). The results show that law regulatory bodies can be an instrument in curbing corruption if they are effective. The alternate of the three hypotheses were accepted. We recommend among others that the government should strengthen the institutions and avoid political interference; this will enhance their capacities to curb corruption in Nigeria.