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Nigeria: KBR's Bribery, Who Pays the Price

How large-scale bribery by multinationals undermines the developing world

April 29, 2009
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In a Federal courtroom in Texas last September, Albert "Jack" Stanley, the former CEO of KBR, pleaded guilty to bribery. The scheme he masterminded to secure a massive natural gas contract in Nigeria's Bonny Island, involved $180 million in bribe payments to grease the deal. Stanley now faces seven years in prison, while KBR, then a subsidiary of Halliburton, was fined more than half a billion dollars earlier this year by the U.S. Department of Justice. It became the largest fine ever handed down to a U.S. company for bribing overseas.

While the penalties for bribery are hitting record highs, the cases are also revealing how devastating large-scale corporate corruption can be to a country like Nigeria. In this report, which aired on PBS NewsHour on April 24, Lowell Bergman investigates the complex web of fraud and self-enrichment around the KBR deal, and who is ultimately paying the price.
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- New York, New York
I can't believe that so many people in power are using that power for their own benefit instead of to benefit others.There are so many people that need help, and they are only thinking about themselves.

I really like this documentary; it helped me a lot and also taught me that not all the people in power are as good as they want their citizens to believe.
Thank You.

Anambra, Nigeria
Nigeria is cursed. I regret being raised in this doomed country. Anyone who sees a way out of this hell should get out without thinking twice. Our leaders are heartless devils.

Anne Salva - Chicago, USA
All this and more must come to light. For far too long a small percentage of the world's population has enriched themselves with the abuse of the land and people and resources of the planet and the majority has suffered from their greed and been seemingly powerless to stop it. We are not powerless, no matter what they say YOU CAN FIGHT "CITY HALL." Here's the proof.

(anonymous)
Very interesting and inspiring documentary.

Jonathan Ray - Lincoln, Nebraska
What happened to the good narrator with the deeper, resonant voice? I can't take this narrator seriously.

Alexandria, Virginia
I wasted the first half of my life in the failed state that is called Nigeria. I try not to think about seeing all the potential gutted away between my school age years and early adulthood. Anything is possible in Nigeria, nothing can surprise me anymore about that country -- a country of 150 million people that can't generate more power than Fairfax County, Virginia.

The likes of Nuhu Ribadu gave hope. He did more in 3 years than has been done in the 43 years before he became Nigeria's anti-corruption czar. In the end, a tree cannot make a forest.

These days, I put in the most each day trying to redeem the lost time I wasted growing up in Nigeria, contributing my all to the country that has opened up herself to me. I try not to think of the wreck that is Nigeria. It simply isn't worth the time.

(anonymous)
So sad.I cry everyday for that country...what have we done wrong?

 

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