Acta Universitatis Danubius. Administratio, Vol 7, No 1 (2015)

Due Process Mechanism and Fraudulent Practices in Nigerian Public Sector

Emmanuel Atagboro


This study empirically examined whether due process mechanism serve as an antidote for fraudulent practices in the Nigerian public sector. Using 875 subjects in the public sector, the Pearson Product-Moment Correlation statistical tool was employed in order to establish whether due process mechanism is an antidote for fraudulent practices and also to see if due process ensures transparency in the public sector. The study found that due process ensures transparency and is an antidote for fraudulent practices.  Another interesting finding from extant literature was that weak internal control system encourages fraudulent practices in the public sector.  Thus, the need to re-embark upon moral, religious, ethical and social re-orientation in the public sector on the path of economic progress and development and not for political advantages is eminent as well as rigorous campaigns to awaken the conscious and re-orientate public servants and the general society on the need to refrain from fraud or abetting it. The internal control system operating in the public sector needs to be strengthened. Also, there is need for institutionalizing, internalizing and building ownership for the multitude of reforms within the public sector so as to ensure that it sustains the changes in the anti-corruption campaign in Nigeria.  These trends need to continue for the dividends of due process to be fully realized in the Nigerian public sector.


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