Required: A Framework for Eliminating Corruption in Nigeria



By O. Chima Okereke, PhD

Hereford, England



A roadmap that could be developed and used as a tool to combat, minimise and eliminate corruption in Nigeria, should be such that it could help eradicate all the ills in every aspect of the professional, business and economic endeavours in the nation. These invariably include the ills that militate against project management practice in Nigeria. This roadmap could be a framework.

The following outline is used for this paper:

  1. Definition of the problem
  2. Current measures being used or suggested for its resolution
  3. Necessity for a roadmap for eliminating corruption
  4. Concluding remarks

1. Definition of the problem

1.1  Absence of a well-defined, consistent and proven national framework for fighting corruption and seeming poor performance of the current presidency to combat it.

This is said to be exemplified by the inability to match actions with pronouncements. For example, there was a statement said to have been made by President Jonathan at the graduation ceremony of the Senior Executive Course (No 34, 2012) of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies, Kuru, near Jos on Saturday, 24 November 2012. He reportedly stated categorically that no corrupt person, regardless of their standing in society, would avoid punishment. He said: “We are vigorously fighting the endemic corruption at all levels and in all sectors of our country. I can assure you that there will be no sacred cows. Whoever is found to have transgressed will be made to face the full wrath of the law.”

However, his detractors claim that the current government cannot point to high profile persons who have been successfully prosecuted in the courts for corrupt practices. It is claimed that ever since news broke on the oil subsidy fraud, the government has not successfully prosecuted any of the alleged offenders. It is alright to hear that some people have been taken to court. It is observed that going to court is not the same thing as getting a conviction against accused persons.


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About the Author


Chima Okereke, PhD, PMP

Herefordshire, UK


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Dr. O. Chima Okereke
, Ph.D., MBA, PMP is the Managing Director and CEO of Total Technology Consultants, Ltd., a project management consulting company working in West Africa and the UK. He is a multidisciplinary project management professional, with over 25 years’ experience in in oil and gas, steel and power generation industries. Before embarking on a career in consulting, he worked for thirteen years in industry rising to the position of a chief engineer with specialisation in industrial controls and instrumentation, electronics, electrical engineering and automation. During those 13 years, he worked on every aspect of projects of new industrial plants including design, construction and installation, commissioning, and engineering operation and maintenance in process industries. Chima sponsored and founded the potential chapter of the Project Management Institute (PMI®) in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, acting as president from 2004 to 2010.

Dr. Okereke has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Lagos, and a PhD and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the University of Bradford in the UK. He also has a PMP® certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI®) which he passed at first attempt. He has been a registered engineer with COREN in Nigeria since 1983. For many years, Total Technology has been a partner for Oracle Primavera Global Business Unit, a representative in Nigeria of Oracle University for training in Primavera project management courses, and a Gold Level member of Oracle Partner Network (OPN). In the UK, the company is also a member of the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. He is a registered consultant with several UN agencies. More information can be found at http://www.totaltechnologyconsultants.org/.

Chima is the publisher of Project Management Business Digest, a blog aimed at helping organizations use project management for business success. Dr. Okereke is also an international advisor for PM World. He can be contacted at [email protected]  or [email protected].