Presidency slams Transperacy International over ‘inaccurate’ corruption ranking

Obinwannem News Presidency slams Transperacy International over 'inaccurate' corruption ranking

Nigeria’s presidency has berated Transperacy International for releasing an “inaccurate” rating on Nigeria in the course of corruption.

This was in response to the report of the Corruption Perception Index (2020) released by Transparency International (TI), stating that Nigeria was at 149 out of 180 countries; lower than its rank of 146 in 2019.

The presidency reacted to TI’s report in a statement signed by the Senior Special Assistant to the president on media and publicity, Garba Shehu.

“The Buhari administration deserves credit for diminishing corruption in the public service and will continue to vigorously support prevention, enforcement,public education and enlightment activities in anticorruption.

“We are currently analysing the sources of data used in arriving at the latest Transparency International report in corruption perception index in Nigeria, since by their own admission, they don’t gather their own fact. This report is not accurate portrayal of the facts on ground.

“In the coming days, the governments Technical Units on Governance and Anti-corruption Reforms (TUGAR) will be providing more detailed information on the source of the TI data.

“While this is being awaited, the examination carried out on their 2009 report showed that 60 percent of their data was collected from businesses and other entities with issues bordering on transperacy, and the ease of doing business at the ports.

The presidency also stated its readiness to make necessary corrections where it failed.

“Although, this is a government ready to learn from mistakes and make corrections, the economy of this country and its fullness is bigger than the sea ports we have.”

Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News

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