Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Nigeria ranks 146 out of 180 on Transparency International’s corruption Index

Nigeria ranks 146 out of 180 on Transparency International’s corruption Index

The score dwindled since the scandal with a score of 47 for 2017 but in 2018, it went up after the change in administration. "Despite calls from Maltese citizens, Caruana Galizia's family and the global community to solve the case, the government dragged its feet in the judicial procedures".

The top five states with the least amount of perceived corruption included Denmark, New Zealand, Finland, Singapore and Sweden. European Union member states Slovakia, Romania, and Bulgaria were the worst European Union performers. The index rates how corrupt a country's public sector is.

Pakistan was on Thursday ranked 130 out of 180 countries on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 2019, according to a report released by Transparency International (TI), an international non-governmental organization based in Berlin.

Countries in which elections and political party financing are open to undue influence from vested interests are less able to combat corruption, analysis of the results finds.

The Swiss sectionexternal link of Transparency International (TI) said on Wednesday that serious gaps remain in the country when it comes to the financing of politics, the protection of whistleblowers, the fight against money laundering, and corruption in the private and sports sectors.

TI-M called on the government to accelerate institutional reforms, such as making the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) more independent; pushing for the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill; enactment of the political financing law to stop money politics, and regularly engaging with the public and civil societies to update on the progress of the reforms.

The report uses a scale of zero (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

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In the Asia Pacific region, the average score is 45, after many consecutive years of an average score of 44, which "illustrates general stagnation" across the region.

Transparency International said that since 2012, only 22 countries had significantly improved their score, while 21 had significantly declined.

Our research shows several of the most advanced economies can not afford to be complacent if they are to keep up their anti-corruption momentum.

In East Africa, Kenya tied with Uganda and ranks below Rwanda which managed to score 53 per cent, the highest in the region. This underscores Sri Lanka's stagnant anti-corruption environment, which has seen the country's CPI score fluctuate between 36 and 38 since 2013.

"All citizens must be represented in decision-making", said Patricia Moreira, managing director of Transparency International. "A staggering number of countries are showing little to no improvement in tackling corruption", it added.

More than two-thirds of countries score below 50, with an average score of only 43.

However, the three former Soviet states "continue to experience state capture and a failure to preserve checks and balances", the report says.

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