Bribe Giver Or Bribe Taker: Who is To Be Blamed Now?
Nigerians have been urged by the police and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to refrain from bribing their personnel. They also urged citizens to report any police who demanded a bribe.
On Tuesday, July 27th, 2021, the two agencies were among those who attended a one-day virtual stakeholder dialogue hosted by the Presidential Advisory Committee against Corruption (PACAC) on “effective and sustainable solutions for combatting retail corruption.”
PACAC Executive Secretary Prof Sadiq Radda stated that citizens have a key role to play in reducing petty (retail) corruption, the majority of which takes the form of bribery. He believes that retail corruption may be eliminated if citizens follow the law and follow the norms, as well as when institutions perform well. Radda advocated for the use of technology to automate operations that are vulnerable to fraud.
Ntukidem Godwin, a senior FRSC official said the Corps has deployed technology through body cameras to monitor officers’ field activities in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), adding that there are plans to replicate it in other states.
He said Nigerians who comply with traffic rules do not have a reason to offer money to road safety officers. “Don’t commit traffic violations and don’t offer our officers money. Don’t tempt us with bribes so that we can let you go”.
What is your thought on this? Should Nigerians be blamed for giving bribes to the officials for traffic violations committed or, the officials for collecting the bribe?
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