The recent report by Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2017, has revealed that Nigeria ranks 148 out of 180 countries assessed on perception of state of corruption in the country.
The programme manager, democratic governance of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), Okeke Anya, told newsmen in Abuja yesterday that the national contact of Transparency International (TI) is seriously worried about the new but unfavourable trend in the fight against corruption in the country.
According to him, out of 100 points signalling maximum transparency and no corruption, Nigeria scored 27 points.
These results, Okeke explained, showed a slight deterioration in the scoring of the perception about corruption in public administration compared to 2016.
He further explained that in 2016, Nigeria scored 28 points and ranked 136th in the ranking of countries despite one-point reduction in the score, Nigeria has slipped in the country-ranking by 12 points in 2017.
“This shows that, as the rest of the world has improved in the perception on corruption, Nigeria slips further down as the fight against corruption stagnates.
“On the African continent, Nigeria ranks 32nd out of 52 assessed countries in 2017. While Botswana leads the continent with the record of competent and largely corruption-free public administration, Nigeria falls with 27 points hopelessly behind.
“In West Africa, Nigeria ranks out of 17 countries second worst, leaving only Guinea Bissau behind.
According to him, Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is one of the most respected international measurement of corruption trends.
“It was established in 1995 as a composite indicator used to measure perceptions of corruption in the public sector in different countries around the world.
“The CPI draws upon a number of available sources which capture perceptions of corruption.
“CPI is computed by the Transparency International Secretariat in Germany and is published in Nigeria exclusively by the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), a Transparency International chapter in Nigeria.”
He said in the view of CISLAC the negative perception is mainly a consequence of the inability to combat grand corruption and astronomical plundering of public coffers costing the Nigerian tax payers around 25 per cent of annual GDP.