CORRUPTION Still on the rise

The recently released 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) presents a largely distressing picture for Africa (as with earlier reports) – only eight of 49 countries score more than 43 out of 100 on the index. The index (rightly or wrongly) ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption according to experts and businesspeople using a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is highly corrupt and 100 is very clean.

Seychelles (66), Botswana (61), Cape Verde (57), Rwanda (56), Namibia (53) and Mauritius (51) are leading lights in Africa, making above the 50 mark. Côte d’Ivoire and Senegal seem to continue to make progress in their anti-corruption drive even though they still do not hit the 50 mark! Nigeria remained unchanged on the CPI since 2017 with a score of 27 and a global ranking of 144/180.

Denmark overtook New Zealand with scores of 88 and 87 respectively. North Korea, Yemen, South Sudan, Syria and Somalia rank lowest with scores of 14, 14, 13, 13 and 10 respectively. While the best performing region still remains Western Europe & the European Union (maintaining an average score of 66), the worst performing region is Sub-Saharan Africa (similarly maintaining a score of 32).

For the Nigerian government which anchors her electoral mandate on anti-corruption initiatives, this report may not represent a lot of progress and may be a scale with which to assess the success or otherwise of this regime. Having said that, the latest CPI report confirms that the majority of countries (including the high-ranking countries) are making little or no progress in ending corruption. Nuhu Ribadu (the former Chairman of Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission) must therefore have been right when he said, “when you fight corruption, it fights back”!

src: John Asokhia (Energy Lawyer and Consultant)

‘Corruption is much more likely to flourish where democratic foundations are weak and, as we have seen in many countries, where undemocratic and populist politicians can use it to their advantage”
Delia Ferreira Rubio
Chair Transparency International

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