- Transparency International (TI) says Nigeria ranks 144th in the new corruption perception index just released
- The TI report shows that Denmark and New Zealand came first and second respectively while Finland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland came third
- The international body suggests ways Nigeria can effectively combat corruption
A new report by the Transparency International (TI) has shown that Nigeria, the most populous black nation in the world, is still perceived as a country enveloped in corruption without clear policies to address the challenge.
The 2018 Corruptions Perceptions Index (CPI) report was released on Tuesday, January 28, stating that the situation in Nigeria has neither improved nor progressed in the perception.
The report shows that Nigeria ranked 144 out of 180 countries in the year under review as against the 148 out of 180 countries in the 2017 CPI.
Denmark and New Zealand came first and second respectively while Finland, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland came third. Norway and Netherlands came seventh and eighth as Canada and Luxembourg came ninth, according to the report.
A statement released by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), the Nigerian chapter of the Transparency International, said the country scored 27 out of 100 points in the 2018 CPI, maintaining the same score as in the 2017 CPI.
In 2016, Nigeria reportedly scored 27/100 and was ranked 136th but dropped to 148/180 in 2017 despite a higher score of 28/100
The report shows that even though Nigeria moved up four points, the country is perceived as highly corrupt.
There is already some fears that the report might be opposed by the Nigerian government, especially as the one of 2017 was protested against.
CISLAC, in its latest report said corruption can be effectively fought through the following:
1. Strengthening the institutions responsible for maintaining checks and balances over political power, and ensuring their ability to operate without intimidation.
2. Closing the implementation gap between anti-corruption legislation, practice and enforcement.
3. Supporting civil society organisations which enhance political engagement and public oversight over government spending, particularly at the state and local level.
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4. Supporting a free and independent media, ensuring the safety of journalists and their ability to work without intimidation or harassment.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Prof Yemi Osinbajo said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration would jail more corrupt Nigerians if re-elected.
Osinbajo said this on Sunday, January 27, during his house-to-house campaign in Ifako-Ijaiye local government area of Lagos state.
The report said that traffic was at standstill as thousands of residents, including party faithful, market persons and the Arewa community, trooped out to receive the vice president during the Sunday visit.
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