Enhancing horizontal accountability: the key to addressing the conflict of interest loopholes in public procurement in Nigeria

Ibidapo-Obe, Babatunde (2020) Enhancing horizontal accountability: the key to addressing the conflict of interest loopholes in public procurement in Nigeria. Doctoral thesis (PhD), University of Sussex.

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Abstract

This thesis argues that the current dual accountability model in Nigerian public procurement model is one with vertical accountability and horizontal accountability which is weakened by an inefficient horizontal accountability system, and in order to unleash the true benefits of a dual accountability system there needs to be an enhancement of horizontal accountability. It argues that the key to this enhancement lies in improved access to information and enhanced legal empowerment of certain actors in the public procurement process.

This thesis tackles one of the most critical sectors in the Nigeria public sector – public procurement, specifically because of the effect that this sector has on the general development of a country. The thesis argues that in order to reduce corruption in the sector, the focus needs to be placed on ensuring accountability in the stage before corruption – conflict of interest. It puts forward the position that in order to ensure accountability at the conflict of interest stage, horizontal accountability can be extremely beneficial, and therefore the thesis creates a theoretical model - the Transparency and Accountability Matrix (TAM) to determine the level of horizontal accountability within certain interactions in the Nigerian public procurement process. Using the TAM as a baseline measurement for horizontal accountability, solutions are proffered on how to enhance the efficacy of horizontal accountability and this is applied to specific conflict of interest scenarios within the Nigerian public procurement process.

The key contributions of this thesis are the creation of the TAM – a theory backed model as a horizontal accountability measurement tool; and a very thorough analysis on the accountability framework of the Nigerian public procurement process with a focus on the surrounding access to information legislations, which has been a hitherto unexplored gap in the research on Nigerian public procurement.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Subjects: K Law > KL-KWK Asia and Eurasia, Africa, Pacific Area, and Antarctica > KR Africa > KTA Nigeria > KTA1-4999 General > KTA801 Contracts. General > KTA850 Public contracts. Government contracts. Procurement
Depositing User: Library Cataloguing
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2020 07:12
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2020 07:12
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/90358

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