Nigeria; a nation currently ranked 148 out of 175 countries on the ‘blacklist’ is particularly known for its very high rate of corruption, particularly in the government where office holders are known for notoriously siphoning money meant for the advancement of the general public. Since the West African giant gained independence, there’s been a strong habit of corruption embedded in every arm of its democracy. Although there have been many promises by each government sworn in to combat the terrible ways of the Senate and other arms of the government, every tenure is a cycle of past administrations.
With the uptake of the internet and it’s many benefits such as mobile apps, the Nigerian government is aiming to leverage on technology as one of its ‘many ways’ of combating the on-going corruption plague. The senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Okoi Obono-Obla, who was suspended by Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami but restored to his post as Chairman of Special Investigation on Recovery of Public Property Panel by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo who he’ll be working under now, has announced the launch of DoroCorruption anti-corruption app.
Not much information has been given on the app itself and how it’ll function or be downloaded but Okoi has this to say
My panel will investigate assets of public officers, but have you given us information on public officers who have assets that are beyond their legitimate earnings? We know them. Most of the buildings in Abuja are owned by directors in public service. How much are they earning? You know these people, they are your neighbors and you don’t give us information. How then do we help the government fight corruption? We need the support of civil society, the civil society should assist the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) in getting information on those that have properties abroad but don’t pay tax in Nigeria. This would help in taming corruption in the country.
From his statement below we deduce the app will allow the Nigerian people provide information on the corrupt individuals they work within the public service, basically, an app for whistleblowers to do this at their own comfort without having to come out publicly.
The impact of this app can’t fully be quantified as the depth of corruption is far deeper but this might be a good start as technology and the internet are good tools which if channeled correctly through this app and other means can create a good chain reaction to start a decline in corruption.