IMPACT OF MASS MEDIA AS INSTRUMENT FOR ERADICATING CORRUPTION

The study examined the impact of mass media as instrument for eradicating corruption using AIT as a case study. Without a doubt, mass media play a very crucial role as the fourth estate of the realm especially in serving as the major watchdog to the people in authority. Mass media especially television has been educating, enlightening and informing the general public on the effect of corruption on national development while mass media have not relented in exposing corrupt leaders, it always partners with various anti-graft agencies such as Independent Corrupt  Practices and Other Related Offences Commission (ICPC), The Economic and  Financial Crimes Commission-(EFCC), the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB), the Bureau  of Public Procurement (BPP), the Nigerian Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative  (NEITI), The Public Complaints Commission, The Office of the Auditor-General of the  Federation, and the Technical Unit on Governance and Anti-Corruption Reforms  (TUGAR) to build a corrupt free nation. However, the research is divided into five chapters. The study adopted a survey method and questionnaire in eliciting responses from respondents. Findings of the study revealed that mass media are actually trying their best in ensuring that Nigerians live a crime-free and corrupt-free country through the constant anti-corruption programmes, expose corrupt leaders and host of others. It is recommended that the Economics and Financial Crime Commission and other anti-graft agencies should act within the law while mass media should ascertain complacence with the ethics of the profession. 

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