Nigeria has seen a notable improvement in its ranking, ascending five places in the 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) recently published by Transparency International.
With a score range of +1 (25/100), Nigeria now occupies the 145th position out of 180 countries and territories. This represents a positive shift from its standing in 2022.
The CPI measures the perceived level of corruption within a country’s public sector, utilizing a scale from 0 to 100, where 0 signifies high corruption and 100 denotes a very clean system.
As the most widely recognized global corruption ranking, the CPI draws on insights from experts and businesspeople to assess various aspects of public sector corruption. These include bribery, diversion of public funds, nepotistic appointments, and the effectiveness of anti-corruption measures implemented by governments.
Notably, the index does not encompass citizens’ direct experiences of corruption, tax fraud, or illicit financial activities. Instead, it focuses on systemic issues such as state capture, red tape, and legal frameworks governing public officials’ conduct and financial disclosures.
In 2022, Nigeria’s CPI ranking stood at 150 out of 180 countries, with a score of 24/100, indicating a modest improvement in the country’s anti-corruption efforts over the past year.
The upward trajectory in Nigeria’s CPI ranking underscores ongoing efforts to address corruption and enhance transparency within the public sector. However, challenges persist, and the country remains vigilant in tackling corruption across various spheres, including government, business, and civil society.
As Nigeria continues its journey toward greater accountability and integrity, the CPI serves as a crucial barometer, guiding policymakers and stakeholders in their efforts to combat corruption and foster sustainable development.