UMD NFLC Hausa Lessons/101 Curbing Local Corruption in Nigeria

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Overview

  1. Lesson Title: Curbing Local Corruption in Nigeria-This is a report about fighting corruption in Kebbi State, Nigeria.
  2. Language: Hausa
  3. Topic: Economics/Politics
  4. ILR Level: 1+/2
  5. ACTFL Proficiency: Advanced-Mid, Advanced-Low, Intermediate-High
  6. This ACTFL rating is an approximation based on the ILR level
  7. Modality: Listening
  8. Learning Objective: Maintenance & Improvement
  9. Subject Area: Language
  10. Material Type: LLO
  11. Publication Year: 2009
  12. ObjectID: T8LHA14


Transcript


Original Translation

The Fight Against Corruption in Kebbi State, Nigeria

A: Cin hanci da rashawar da yanzu haka ya zama ruwan dare game duniya a tarayyar Nijeriya, ya sanya Hukumar Kula da Da’ar Ma’aikata ta tashi haikan domin yakar wannan annoba musamman ma dai a ma’aikatun gwamnati da ke fadin tarayyar ta Nijeriya kuma ita ma Jahar Kebbi ba a bar ta a baya ba wajen wannan yunkuri. Ga dai rahoton da El-Yakub Usman Dabai ya aiko mana daga Jahar ta Kebbi. B: A jahar Kebbi wurin da Hukumar dai ta fi mayar da hankalinta su ne ma’aikatun kananan hukumomi inda rashin da’ar aiki da kuma kin bin doka da oda suka yi katutu, yanayin da Hukumar ta ce ya zama tilas a kawo karshensa. Shugabannin kananan hukumomi da kuma makarrabansu hadi da manyan jami’an gwamnati da ke da nasaba da ayyukan yankunan karkara. Hukumar ta horas da zummar samar musu dabarun da za su rinka gudanar da aikin gwamnati tun daga sashen mulki har ya zuwa na da’a, hade da kuma yadda ake kashe kudaden gwamnati. Wannan horaswa dai ta zo daidai lokacin da tun daga shugaba har ya zuwa karamin ma’aikaci a ma’aikatun kananan hukumomi na fadin Jahar Kebbi, kan halarci wuraren ayyukansu a duk lokacin da suka ga dama musamman a lokutan da ake biyan albashi, kuma su fice daga wadannan wuraren ayyukansu a duk lokacin da suka ga dama. Baya ga haka, kwangilolin da ake gudanarwa a yankunan karkara kan kasance maras inganci, ko kuma wadanda aka bai wa kwangilar su ki yin sa ba tare da kuma sun fuskanci wani hukunci daga mahukunta a kananan hukumomi ba, bisa zargin da cewa mahukunta na da hannu a cikin wannan al’amari. Alhaji Umar Aliyu Karde, Kwamishinan Kula da Kananan Hukumomi a Jahar Kebbi ne ya ce, baya ga matakan da Hukumar Da’ar Ma’aikata ta dauka, su kuma a nasu bangaren ma’aikatarsa za ta yi nata hubbasan. C: Za mu yawata cikin kananan hukumomi lokacin da duk muka sami isasshen lokaci mu binciki wasu ayyuka da aka yi, za mu tashi nan da {record [English]} din duk ayyukan da muka riga muka ce kowace kananan hukumomi ta yi, ba wai sai an hwada mana ba, mun san wadanda muka ce a yi, za mu bincike su mu gani an yi su yadda yad dace. Kuma a halin gaskiya, aiki bai yiwuwa a ci, a ci gaba da kyale {Chairman [English]}na karamar hukuma zama wurin nan in kauye ne, su mutanen nan suka zabe ka suka ba ka {mandate [English]} dinsu ka nagarce su, sannan kai ka dawo birni inda mutanen nan suka zabe ka ka san wannan babu gaskiya kuma zalunci ne.

The Fight Against Corruption in Kebbi State, Nigeria

A: The bribery and corruption that are now so common in Nigeria have led the Code of Conduct Bureau [CCB] to take serious measures to fight this plague, especially in government offices all across Nigeria. Kebbi State has not been left out of this effort. Here’s the report that El-Yakub Usman Dabai has sent us from Kebbi State.

B: In Kebbi State, the CCB has focused most of its attention on the offices of the local government areas where poor work ethics and a refusal to follow the rules are rampant, conditions that the CCB says must stop. The CCB has provided a great deal of training to local government leaders, their deputies, and important government officials that have ties to projects in rural areas, and has given them mechanisms to bring ethical principles and sound fiscal management to the government. This training is being offered after leaders found that workers in local government offices throughout Kebbi State often come to work whenever they please, especially on pay day, and also leave their office whenever they wish. In addition, contracts that are administered in rural areas tend to be very loosely controlled and are often awarded only after certain local government officials who are suspected of having a hand in the matter have intervened. Kebbi State commissioner of local governments, Alhaji Umar Aliyu Karde, says that in addition to the recommendations of the CCB, his office will be undertaking its own measures.

C: When we all have the time to spare, we will go around to the local governments and investigate their work. We will set out with a record of all the activities that we have already said each local government must undertake, so that we will know if they have done things as we have directed; we will not just take their word on it. And we will investigate them to see that these things have been done properly. In fact, any work undertaken without the knowledge of the local government chairman in that area should not be allowed to continue. If the people in your village have elected you and given you a mandate to take care of them, and then you go off to the city and serve those people instead, you know, this is not right; it is tyranny.

Glossary

Hausa Meaning
ruwan dare gama duniya the night rain covers the whole world 

An expression used to refer to something common, popular, or universal.

yi katutu (lit: to stack or pile up) to be prevalent or rampant
tashi haikan (lit: to raise extremely) to take rigid measures
ga dama (lit: to find an opportunity) to do something as one pleases
hoɓɓasa (lit: lift) to rise in order to face an obstacle or to respond promptly


Notes

1. Curbing Corruption in Nigeria

For many years, corruption has been a major issue for Nigerian leaders. Fighting fraud in government offices has been one of the foremost agendas of the last two administrations. According to the article “Economic and Financial Crimes Commission” from Wikipedia, in 2003, Olusegun Obasanjo established the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to tackle corruption and to comply with the G7- founded Financial Action Task Force on Money Laundering (FATF). The EFCC investigated and brought to justice highly-placed persons in public and private sectors. They prosecuted government ministers as well as members of the Nigerian police force. The EFCC has been criticized for carrying out selective investigations. In 2008, Obasanjo’s government faced accusations of fraudulently allocating millions of U.S. dollars to fake companies, and even some members of his family were questioned. In November 2008, Nuhu Ribadu, head of the Commission, was arrested in connection with investigations into government corruption. He was replaced by Farida Waziri. Musa Yar’Adua has persisted in the fight against official corruption and in building a clean, honest administration at all levels of government. He took actions against the mismanagement of public funds and work ethics in government offices (“History”).

Economic and financial crimes commission. (2009, March 23). Wikipedia. Retrieved June 1, 2009, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economic_and_Financial_Crimes_Commission

2. Kebbi State, Nigeria

Kebbi State was created in 1991 with Birnin Kebbi as its capital. It used to be part of southwestern Sokoto, located in the northwestern part of Nigeria.

3. More Information

a) For additional information about fighting corruption in Nigeria, please read Dr. Kabiru Isa Dandago's critical analysis, “The Constitutional Fight Against Corruption in Nigeria: Is It Enough?”:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/3203385/Kabiru-Isa-Dandago-The-Constitutional-Fight-Against-Corruption-in-Nigeria-Is-It-Enough-www-icgfm-org

b) To learn more about Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, follow this link to its official Web site:

http://www.efccnigeria.org/