QUESTION: CAN CORRUPTION BE CURBED IN THE PUBLIC SECTOR?
The question concerning the eradication of corruption from either the public or private sector has been asked and looked at a countless number of times. But if we look at corruption like a cancerous tumor which encourages a belief that once found it can be surgically removed with no ill effect, it can give us an insight to knowing that corruption can only be eradicated if only we can find the answer. Corruption can be defined as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. I believe corruption cannot be prevented as a single behavior or offence. Instead it is more a convenient term for many types or even syndromes of behavior that have in common a breach of a relationship of trust that undermines a specific historical or social institution. Conventionally, the relevant institution for this purpose is understood to be the government or more specifically the public sector. Some examples of corruption seen in the public sector are listed below; Bribery: it is the offering, promising, giving, accepting or soliciting of an advantage as an inducement for an action which is illegal, unethical or a breach of trust. Inducements can take the form of gifts, loans, fees, rewards or other advantages. Embezzlement: this is when a person holding office in an institution, organization or company dishonestly and illegally appropriates, uses or traffics the funds and goods they have been entrusted with for personal enrichment or other activities. Patronage: it is a form of favoritism in which a person is selected, regardless of qualifications or entitlement, for a job or government benefit because of political affiliations or connections. Nepotism: this is a form of favoritism based on acquaintances and familiar relationships whereby someone in an official position exploits his or her power and authority to provide a job or favor to a family member or friend, even though he or she may not be qualified or deserving. Conflict of interest: this is a situation where an individual or the entity for which they work, whether a government, business, media outlet or civil society organization, is confronted with choosing between the duties and demands of their position and their own private interests. These are just a few of the much behavior so many individuals indulge in that continues to put the public sector in an unpleasant light. All these behaviors cannot be completely avoided but can definitely be limited through the adoption of certain values listed below; Spirituality:
This is living from a God first perspective. It is to put God, His ways and the promotion of His kingdom first in one’s pursuit of life. It involves the pursuit of the supernatural ways of God thus demonstrating His nature with evident proofs in testimonies. This is living for God and His ways in a life of total dedication to God. If everyone carries the mindset of spirituality and make it a way of life, the involvement in intolerable acts like corruption of any kind will be greatly looked down on because when spirituality is made a way of life, the fear of God is there and hate for things that don’t align with his commandments is also present. Integrity:
This refers to a quality of being honest and having strong moral principles. Integrity is the corner stone of good governance. Fostering integrity and preventing corruption in the public sector support a level playing field for businesses and is essential to maintaining trust in government. Achieving a culture of integrity requires coherent efforts to update standards, provide guidance, and monitor and enforce them in daily practice. Possibility mentality:
This is the culture of having a mindset that nothing is impossible to attain. With such mentality in the public sector corruption can be minimized. If the workers can inculcate the habit of having that mindset that so many achievements can be attained without going through crooked ways, corruption can be...
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