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THE EFFECTS OF CORRUPTION ON GOOD GOVERNANCE IN NIGERIA
This study was aimed at examining the impact of corruption on good governance in Nigeria. With the use of the secondary source of data, certain indicators derived from the main composites of the concepts of Good Governance were analysed. These are; the legitimacy of the government, the accountability of the public officials, and the capacity/competence of government to formulate policies and deliver services to the citizens, as well as respect for human rights and the rule of law. The study revealed that despite the huge resources put into the implementation of policies geared towards good governance in Nigeria, there have not been visible changes in the living standard of the citizens, due to gross corruption. Corruption is one of the major reasons for the poor economic performance, decaying infrastructures, the rising cost of living and poverty in Nigeria. The fight against corruption is that of the survival of the nation itself. The choice before Nigerians is very clear: they either go to war sincerely against corruption in all its ramifications, or keep the status-quo and be consumed by this hydra-headed dragon. Hence, some recommendations were made to ameliorate the problems.
Keywords: Good governance, Corruption, Accountability, Legitimacy, Service delivery, Development