More Efforts Required To Defeat Corruption - CISLAC ... As TI Ranks Nigeria 144 On Corruption Index - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

More Efforts Required To Defeat Corruption - CISLAC ... As TI Ranks Nigeria 144 On Corruption Index

The Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has said more works need to be done in the nation's  war against corruption if  there is hope of ever making appreciable success.

CISLAC added  that Nigeria neither improved nor progressed in the perception of corruption in the public administration in 2018.

The advocacy group made this known to the media following the positioning of Nigeria as number 144 out of 180 in the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) scale  by the Transparency International(TI) in its latest release globally.

The new index published in Nigeria exclusively by CISLAC and Transparency International Chapter in Nigeria, and made available to reporters by Onyekachi Eke, Media Officer, Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC), reveals that Nigeria scored 27 out of 100 points in the 2018 CPI.

The advocacy group added that Nigeria merely  maintained the same score as in the 2017 CPI, stressing that 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

According to the body, the country is thus still perceived as highly corrupt, even though the ranking shows that it has moved up four (4) places, due to the fact that  four other countries have scored worse while Nigeria stagnated.

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 from African Development Bank Perception Survey, Bertelsmann Foundation Transformation Index, Economist Intelligence Unit Country Ratings, PRS International Country Risk Guide and World Bank Corruption Perception Assessment.

Others are the World Economic Forum Executive Opinion Survey, world Justice Project Rule of Law Index and Varieties of Democracy Project.

CISLAC noted the sources are impartial, well-respected, statistically significant and evidence-based.

CISLAC also noted that lack of progress in the 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.

It recalled that one of the recommendations that accompanied the launch of the CPI 2017 was the call  for the immediate appointment and prompt inauguration of the National Procurement Council (NPC) as provided in the Public Procurement Act. 

It added that another recommendation urged the Government of Nigeria and the Legislature to strengthen anti-corruption institutions and provide adequate protection and encouragement for whistleblowers. 

CISLAC stated that given the inability of the President Muhammadu Buhari - led 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 was no wonder that Nigeria’s score in 2018 is not better than that of 2017. 

The body therefore, called for a strengthening of the institutions responsible for maintaining checks and balances over political power, and ensuring their ability to operate without intimidation as well as closing the implementation gap between anti - corruption legislation, practice and enforcement.

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