Basic Research Journal of
Social and Poitical Sciences ISSN 2465-7220 Vol. 4(2), pp.
15-24 November 2016 Copyright© 2015 Basic Research Journals
Full Length Research
Public accountability and development in Nigeria: a study of the
national integrated power projects (NIPPs) 1999-2007
Ugbudu, Martin Iorgbir
Department of Political Science, Benue State University, Makurdi,
Received 14 August, 2016; Accepted 25 August, 2016; Published 27
Accountability is a fundamental requirement for the proper
management of resources for development in all societies.
Persons or entities entrusted with funds provided by the tax
payers are supposed to account for the way these funds are
allocated, used and the results these spendings have achieved.
This contribution interrogates the management of public funds in
terms of how public officials gave account of their stewardship
in the implementation of the National Integrated Power Projects
(NIPPs) meant to improve electricity supply in Nigeria. The
study which is anchored on the elite theory argues that there
was no financial discipline in the execution of the NIPPs.
Public funds deployed for the implementation of the NIPPs were
not properly accounted for by public officials. The study
identifies lack of accountability as the bane of development in
Nigeria and recommends among other things the adherence of state
managers to the good governance standard for public service by
entrenching the values of selflessness, integrity, objectivity,
openness and honesty in the public service.
Accountability, Public expenditure, Electricity Supply,