By John Imade (AGENDAWATCHDOG) –According to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s poor ranking on the Corruption Perception Index, CPI, of Transparency International, TI, was because the international anti-graft body’s assessment of the country was not done with appropriate data.
Briefing State House correspondents on Thursday, following a Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, Mr. Mohammed said that the government had studied the rankings and was aware of the reasons for the country’s low ratings over the years.
The minister promised that the government would take the necessary steps to bridge the technical gaps noticed in the ratings by making key data available to TI to assists it in it future assessment of the country.
In January, Nigeria recorded its worst rating on Transparency International’s (TI) Corruption Perception Index since 2013. In the 2020 index, the country scored 25 out of 100 points, dropping to 149 out of the 180 countries surveyed, taking the nation three steps down from the 146 scored in 2019.