A professor with the African Studies Centre, Leiden University, the Netherlands, Chibuike Uche, said poor governance in sub-Saharan Africa is the major factor responsible for the high rate of corruption in African countries, including Nigeria.
Uche, who said this during his acceptance speech at the launch of Stephen Ellis Chair for the Governance of Finance and Integrity in Africa at Leiden University, said governance crisis in many African countries was porous and was responsible for the backwardness of the continent in terms of economic development.
According to a statement, the don explained that the World Bank, in its latest publication, disclosed that of the 49 sub-Saharan countries, 30 had seen a downfall in government effectiveness between 2000 and 2012.
During the same time period, 35 out of the 49 had seen a decline in the control of corruption.
“The World Bank assumes the existence of the good guy who will fix the problem, but corruption is the default position even among principals in many African countries,” Uche said.
He noted that achieving good governance in the continent would take much more than establishing governance institutions/laws, adding that the first step towards achieving the objective was to understand the dynamics of the continent’s governance structure.
He highlighted that World Bank’s solution to poor governance in the continent includes attacks on corruption at all levels, minimising rent seeking, transparent procurement procedures, prompt accounting and publication of audits, among others.
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