Nigeria improves in corruption ranking despite having same points

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Nigeria has moved up to four places in the new Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2022, despite the West African country failing to improve its score last year, according to a new index released by Transparency International (TI).

TI’s Nigerian affiliate, the Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Center (CISLAC), released the report in Abuja early Tuesday morning.

Despite maintaining its previous score of 24 out of 100 points in the 2021 assessment, Nigeria’s position has risen to 150th place in a new ranking from 154th position out of 180 countries assessed in the 2022 ranking.

“There has been no change in country scoring between 2021 and 2022. In the country comparison for the 2022 CPI, Nigeria ranks 150 out of 180 countries compared to 154 on the 2021 CPI results,” CISLAC’s executive director, Auwal Musa, said in a statement announcing the new ranking on Tuesday.

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Mr Musa said while the index does not show specific incidences of corruption in the country, it indicates the perception of corruption in Nigeria.

“The index is impartial, objective and globally acknowledged as the most widely used cross-country parameter for measuring corruption,” he said.

The CPI is TI’s tool for measuring the levels of corruption in the systems of various countries around the world. The maximum points a country can score is 100 points, and the least is zero. Zero signifies the worst score and 100 the best.

The latest ranking may be an indicator that the country’s fight against corruption has stalled and produced little results.

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