Role of Information and Communication Technology as a Means of Tackling Corruption in Nigeria
Information and Communication Technology and citizens plays an increasing role in governance, promoting transparency and accountability to tackle corruption. Access to information concerning governance of the state allows individuals to exercise their political and civil rights in election processes,challenge or influence public policies,monitor the quality of public spending and demand accountability. Access to information and transparency are thus prerequisites for democracy as well as a key tool in the fight against corruption. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can support democracy and human rights by enabling and expanding citizens social mobilization. A better informed and active citizenry, who can put pressure on national institutions to be accountable and responsive to citizens needs and priorities, is a fundamental component of a functioning democracy. This paper seeks to discuss the role of information and communication technology as a means of tackling corruption in Nigeria.
ICT, transparency, governance, corruption, citizens, accountability