The 2018 Corruptions Perceptions Index (CPI) released globally by Transparency International Tuesday, reveals that Nigeria has neither improved nor progressed in the perception of corruption in the public administration in 2018.
The newly released index reveals that Nigeria scored 27 out of 100 points in the 2018 CPI, maintaining the same score as in the 2017 CPI.
In the country comparison, Nigeria ranks 144 out of 180 countries this year as opposed to 148 out of 180 countries in the 2017 CPI. “Nigeria is thus still perceived as highly corrupt, and although the ranking shows that Nigeria moved up four places, it only means that four other countries have scored worse while Nigeria stagnated,” the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), said.
The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) aggregates data from a number of different sources that provide perceptions by business community and country experts of the level of corruption in the public sector. In the case of Nigeria, the composite score consists of sources which include; African Development Bank Perception Survey, Economist Intelligence Unit Country Ratings, World Bank Corruption Perception Assessment, World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey and World Justice Project Rule of Law Index.
According to CISLAC, lack of progress in Nigeria’s fight against corruption as testified by this year’s edition of the CPI is a consequence of partial or non-implementation of recommendations issued by corruption experts and activists, which includes the inauguration of the National Procurement Council (NPC).
“Regrettably, despite corruption in procurement which is responsible for around 70percent of the aggregated corruption in the public administration, the NPC has still not been inaugurated,” CISLAC noted.
“With the inability of the present administration to stop political boycott of key appointments and pass the much needed legislation such as the Proceeds of Crime Bill and to implement the recommendations given at the launch of the CPI 2017, it is no wonder that Nigeria’s score in 2018 is no different than 2017,” Mr. Auwal Musa Rafsanjani, executive Director of CISLAC said in a statement.