Corruption level on the increase as Nigeria ranks 146th out of 180 countries on the corruption perception index.

Nigeria drops two places on the annual corruption perception index published by Transparency International ranking 146 out of the 180 countries an indication that corruption is still on the increase.

According to the report released thursday, the country scored 26 out of 100 points, dropping from the 27 points that it has maintained since 2017.

In the 2018 index, Nigeria rose by four places from 148 to 144.The index ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption in the opinion of experts and business people, using a scale of 0 to 100, where zero means “highly corrupt” and 100 means very clean.

Transparency international also suggests that reducing big money in politics and promoting inclusive political decision-making are essential to curb corruption. “from fraud that occurs at the highest levels of government to petty bribery that blocks access to basic public services like healthcare and education, citizens are fed up with corrupt leaders and institutions”.

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