A new strategy on how the fight against corruption and other sharp practices could be achieved in the country was at the forefront at the just concluded International Conference of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), where a stakeholders lamented that the different legal frameworks put in place by the government have failed to yield the desired results.
According to them, the latest rating of the country by the Transparency International indicated that Nigeria has not fared better in the global corruption index, and this is coming despite spirited efforts and various legislation introduced by the Federal Government, as well as activities of the anti-graft agencies saddled with the responsibility of fighting the menace.
Piqued by this development, which to Hon. Iduma Igariwey Enwo, a member of the Federal House of Representatives, has remained a great concern to the government, the country’s reliance on legislation as the only weapon to fight corruption is a mere waste of effort that has not produced any positive result.
This was part of the thrust of the just concluded International Conference with the theme: “Corruption and Governance in Nigeria: The Bankruptcy, Problematic and Limitations of the Legislative Tool.”
This was as the lawmaker suggested a paradigm shift from the current legalistic approach to sociological approach to tackling the menace. Igariwey, who is representing Afikpo Federal Constituency in the National Assembly, recalled that post-colonial administrations in the country had at one time or the other adopted different legal approaches to curb corruption, but to no avail.
Part of the sociological solutions proffered by Igariwey includes the development and promotion of a shared national value based on honesty, saying that honest means of livelihood should not only be compromised in legislation but should also be implemented in the nation’s education system. According to him, honesty as a national value system should be “a condition precedent to the efficacy of extant legislative and legalistic approach in the fight against corruption.”
Igariwey further noted that the culture of general acceptance and permission of dishonest means of livelihood and acquisition of wealth in the country is the cause of institutional corruption as a way of life and cronyism and nepotism within the government and governance in general.
He, therefore, insisted that the phenomenon of corruption in the country is a social problem that could only be tackled by a harmonious and symbiotic interaction between legal and social systems.
Source: New Telegraph