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Nigeria Drops 3 Spots on 2020 Global Corruption Ranking

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Nigeria has dropped from 146th in 2019 to 149th in the 2020 global ranking of public sector corruption, according to Transparency International.

The anti-corruption watchdog’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2020 report released on Thursday, January 28, 2021, showed that the Nigerian government’s fight against corruption suffered a setback last year.

Nigeria scored a total of 25 points on perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople, one less than the 26 points scored in 2019.

The CPI uses a scale from 0 to 100, with the global average score of the 180 countries ranked in 2020 pegged at 43.

The report noted that civil society organisations in Nigeria denounced reports of hoarding of COVID-19 palliatives by state governments and called on anti-corruption institutions to investigate the allegations.

Mobs of people broke into a handful of warehouses across the country in October to loot palliative materials that had been stored by official’s months after the country went into lockdown and affected the economic fortunes of many Nigerians.

The CPI report noted that corruption is more pervasive in countries least equipped to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and other global crises.

The report also showed that despite some progress globally, most countries still failed to tackle corruption effectively last year.

“This year’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) paints a grim picture of the state of corruption worldwide. While most countries have made little to no progress in tackling corruption in nearly a decade, more than two-thirds of countries score below 50,” the report noted.

Denmark and New Zealand jointly ranked the least corrupt countries in the world with 88 points, followed by Finland, Singapore, Sweden, and Switzerland with 85 points each.

South Sudan and Somalia ranked as the most corrupt in the world with 12 points, followed by Syria with 14 points, and Yemen and Venezuela with 15 points each.

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