The Federal Government has denounced the Transparency International (TI) report on Corruption Perceptions Index in Nigeria.
What report is the federal government criticizing?
Recall that Transparency International (TI) in its 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranked Nigeria as 149 out of the 180 countries assessed.
The CPI revealed that persistent corruption undermined health care systems and contributed to democratic backsliding amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
A statement by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, maintained that the report does not truly reflect the country’s great strides in its fight against corruption.
Mohammed said that implementing the various reforms, especially in the Ease of Doing Business, is expected to yield positive outcomes in the country’s corruption perception and other relevant assessments in the next 12 to 24 months.
He said that in addition to placing more emphasis on corruption, prevention measures and building of integrity systems, high profile corruption cases are currently under investigation and prosecution.
Mohammed said the emphasis on the federal government’s preventive mechanisms is in response to various local and international reviews and evaluation that Nigeria has gone through. These include those from the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) and even from the TI-CPI.