By Ese Awhotu
Transparency International, TI, has ranked Nigeria as the 39th most corrupt country in the world.
Nigeria came 136 of a total of 175 countries surveyed in the report.
The Transparency International disclosed this in its 2014 “Perception Corruption Index,” published on Wednesday.
Though globally, no country has managed to achieve a perfect score of 100 in the 2014 perceptions Index, the study by urges failing states to adopt radical anti-corruption measures.
Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 ranks countries based on a 100-point “corruption perception” scale, where zero equals a “highly corrupt” perception and 100 means the country is perceived to be very clean.
Nigeria ranks 136th along with Russia, Lebanon, and Kyrgyzstan. In the report, North Korea and Somalia rank equal-worst of 174 countries with a score of just eight each. Denmark and New Zealand ranked least corrupt, with scores of 92 and 91, respectively.
According to the Index 2014, published by Transparency International on Wednesday, corruption is a problem “for all economies.” To prevent the growing problem, the anti-corruption group said leading financial centres in the EU and US need to “act together with fast-growing economies.”
“Poorly equipped schools, counterfeit medicine and elections decided by money,” were just some of the consequences of corruption listed by the Index.
The Corruption Perceptions Index, which is based on expert opinions from around the world, measures the perceived levels of global public sector corruption worldwide. Somewhat alarmingly, not one single country managed to achieve a perfect score in this year’s Index. On a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean), and more than two-thirds of countries scored below 50.
The countries with the most drastic fall in scores were China, which achieved 36 out of 100, Turkey with 45 and Angola with just 19, which fell from 23.
At the other end of the scale, Côte d´Ivoire, Egypt, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines were the biggest improvers, each increasing their score by five points. Afghanistan, Jordan, Mali and Switzerland also increased their scores by four points each.
Top of the table however was Denmark with a score of 92, which the Index praised for having a “strong rule of law, support for civil society and clear rules governing the behaviour of those in public positions.”
Germany was comfortably ranked in twelfth position with a score of 79 between Australia and Iceland. The EU and Western Europe as a whole had an average score of 66.
In a swift reaction yesterday however, Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on New Media, Mr Reno Omokri, was reported as saying that the Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index 2014 confirmed the success of the anti-corruption fight of the president as Nigeria improved on the CPI from 144 in 2013 to 136 this year.
He said that the success was due to the clinical surgical incision made by President Jonathan at the centres of corruption in the country.
“The significant improvement Nigeria has made in the 2014 Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency International is as a result of the clinical surgical incision made by President Jonathan at the centres of corruption in Nigeria,” he declared.