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CAUSESAND EFFECTS OF POLITICAL CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA: IMPLICATION FOR SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION
This paper examined the causes,andeffects of political corruption in Nigeria and how Social Studies Education can serve as a measure for curbing political corruption. The study employed descriptive survey research design which was guided by three research questions. The population for the study comprises of all secondary schools teachersinOsunState;whilepurposivesamplingtechnique was used to select one hundred and fifty Social Studies teachers as a sample for the study. The instrument for the data collection was a constructed thirteen items structured questionnaire related to the causes, effects of political corruption and measures to curb political corruption were designedforthestudy.The instrument was subjected to face and content validity by the Social Studies experts and validated two weeks before administration and its reliability was estimated through test-retest method which yielded a co-efficient of 0.74. The data collected was analyzed using frequency count, simple percentage and mean score. The results revealed that god-fatherism and ethnicity are among the major factors responsible for political corruption in Nigeria and political corruption has a serious effect on peoples’ standard of living and democratic polity in Nigeria. The study concluded that politicians should be re-orientated that politics is a call to service and not an investment.
Keyw or d s: political corruption, godfatherism, democratic polity.