Public office can be a profitable business, which some of us want to be part of. Officials holding public office enrich themselves at the expense of taxpayers’ money, while business owners are operating their businesses as honestly as possible. Wittingly or unwittingly, some of these public officials are using the power of their office for making private gain in breach of laws and regulations or practicing unethical norms in order to serve private ends.
Corruption is so pervasive in our bureaucracy. It is difficult to identify the exact pattern of expansion of corrupt practices. Corrupt practices are not just an individual act. More often than not, it is a series of acts by several officials and private individuals because of the interlocking nature of government decision making and the need to keep corrupt acts within a discreet circle.
There are, however, some signs of how corrupt practices are done by some local government officials’ work that are most vulnerable to unethical practices, such as: