Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says Nigeria’s low rating on the Transparency International (TI) corruption perception index is due to certain gaps in the provision and analyses of data between the country and the anti-corruption agency.
While briefing newsmen after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House in Abuja, the minister stated that the government looked into the ratings and made certain discoveries that show why the low rating has continued. “We took the ratings seriously, so we actually went to analyze the ratings, and we found that there have been some gaps; either we have not forwarded enough data or they have not analysed such data.
The spokesman further revealed that the government found it strange that the country’s rating has remained the same for a period of 10years. He however noted that the authorities are taking remedial measures so they can get the data in respect of those sectors. “We believe that it is not possible for you not to improve, for you not to lose points for 10years. There is a bit of discrepancy” Lai Mohammed stressed.
Mr Mohammed argued that the issue of TI’s low ranking of the country was not necessarily about stealing of public funds, arguing that the assessment has so far not correctly reflected the government’s effort to curb graft in the country. The minister observed that there are some inconsistencies in the ranking by the global body over the years due to inadequate data, noting however that reforms are in the works to see that the nation’s corruption perception would improve.