Nigeria on Friday criticised Transparency Worldwide (TI) following the discharge of the 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index report which ranked it among the many world’s most corrupt nations.
The report, launched Thursday, rated Nigeria as having dropped three locations from 146 to 149 out of 180 international locations.
Nigerian authorities officers have accused TI of basing its report on inaccurate info on the bottom.
Mr Garba Shehu, Senior Particular Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity), stated the administration must be credited for lighting the flame of anti-corruption not solely in Nigeria however globally.
“Nigeria deserves credit score for diminishing corruption within the public service and can proceed to vigorously help prevention, enforcement, public training and enlightenment actions of anti-corruption companies.”
He defined that the presidency was analysing the sources of information utilized in arriving on the newest TI report since by their very own admission, they do not collect their very own knowledge.
“Within the coming days, the federal government’s Technical Unit on Governance Analysis (TUGAR) will likely be offering extra detailed info on the sources of the TI knowledge,” Shehu stated.
“Whereas that is being awaited, the examination carried out on their 2019 report confirmed that 60 % of their knowledge was collected from companies and different entities with points bordering on transparency and the benefit of doing enterprise on the ports.
“Though this can be a authorities able to be taught from errors and make corrections, the economic system of this nation, in its fullness, is larger than the ocean ports now we have.”
The federal government is conscious that the individuals behind the TI in Nigeria are in opposition to the Buhari administration.
“Now we have repeatedly challenged TI to offer indices and statistics of its personal to justify its sensational and baseless score on Nigeria and the struggle in opposition to corruption. We anticipate them to come back clear and desist from additional rehashing of outdated tales.”
He stated that recoveries from corrupt individuals stood at $3.3 billion between 2009 and 2019 out of which $2.6 billion was recovered between 2015 and 2019 with lower than $700 million within the first six years.
These recoveries have been made potential by the Financial and Monetary Crime Fee (EFCC) and the Impartial Corrupt Practices and different Associated Offences Fee (ICPC).
Mr Shehu added that different measures have been taken to curb graft resembling increasing the protection of the Built-in Personnel and Payroll Data System (IPPIS) and eradicating 54,000 ghost staff from federal civil service payroll, saving the nation $560 million yearly.
In response to TI’s report, corruption is perceived to have worsened in Nigeria inside the final one 12 months.
The nation dropped three locations and scored decrease in variety of factors than in its earlier 12 months’s file.