Nigeria has improved its standing in the 2023 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), climbing five positions as reported by Transparency International on Tuesday.
The country is now positioned at 145th out of 180 countries and territories, reflecting a positive change with a +1 score range (25/100), an improvement from 2022.
The Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) is a widely recognized global corruption ranking that assesses the perceived level of corruption in the public sector on a scale of 0-100, where 0 signifies high corruption, and 100 indicates a very clean environment.
Key aspects considered in compiling the CPI include bribery, the diversion of public funds, officials exploiting their public positions for personal gain without repercussions, the government’s effectiveness in curbing corruption, excessive bureaucratic hurdles fostering corruption opportunities, nepotistic appointments in the civil service, laws mandating public officials to disclose finances and potential conflicts of interest, legal protection for whistleblowers, state capture by specific interests, and accessibility of information on government activities.
It’s important to note that the CPI does not encompass citizens’ direct perceptions or experiences of corruption, tax fraud, illicit financial flows, enablers of corruption (like lawyers and accountants), money laundering, private sector corruption, or informal economies and markets.
Nigeria’s progress in the CPI is evident, moving from the 150th position in 2022 with a score of 24/100. This positive shift suggests advancements in addressing corruption in various facets of the public sector.