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CORRUPTION: A major obstacle to development in Africa.

Every year when Transparency International, (an International Organization which assesses the economy of various nations in corruption) publishes its report on the level of corruption in the nations worldwide, it is noticeable that some African countries are in the top list. This is really sad. While a huge amount of money is being stolen from the public account, the population is in an absolute poverty, with no food, no shelter, and no adequate health infrastructure. It seems African leaders are more concerned with personal issues than with the needs of their people.
This is a frustrating situation as we know that they are entrusted by their population to implement policies that would enhance the standard of living. Sadly, in regions where natural resources are exploited for export, the populace living around seem left to themselves. There is no real policy to help them cope with their daily difficulties. The Delta region in Nigeria is an example that can be given among many others. T…