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Vol.2/No.3/2018

ICT: A TOOL FOR CURBING CORRUPTION IN NIGERIA FOR NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

1 Dzomun E. Amua, 1 Akaazua V. Hanmikyur, 2 Patricia N. Asema

1 Department of Computer Science, College of Education, Katsina-Ala

2 Department of Social Studies, College of Education, Katsina-Ala

Abstract
This paper looks at the various definitions of corruption and traces the history of corruption in Nigeria to the colonial days in 1947. It also examines the rating of Nigeria in terms of corruption where Nigeria was rated the most corrupt country in the year 2000 and the current position of 38th most corrupt nation of the world. The effects of corruption on the development of Nigeria are reviewed Anti-corruption crusade in Nigeria. Also reviewed is how ICT can be used to curb corruption in Nigeria, and the challenges of using ICT in Nigeria. The paper concludes that the bureaucratic process in governance is the major issue affecting the effective fight against corruption by the anti-corruption agencies. Though ICT has greatly improved the fight against corruption in many ways, there are challenges confronting the effective use of ICT in fighting corruption in Nigeria. The paper therefore suggests that Nigeria should invest heavily in buying the needed ICT gadgets and that there should be the political will to enact and implement laws that will encourage ICT use in fighting corruption in the country.

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