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Transparency international has poured out the outcome of its
survey on corruption index of the country claiming that the police, judges, Nigeria’s
lawmakers are among the most corrupt institutions in Nigeria.
In a publication, it released with Theme “10th edition
of the global corruption Barometer (GCB)-Africa, on Thursday, detailing the outcome of findings, part of which explains that corruption in African countries
was hindering economic, political and social development.


On its outcome about the situation in Nigeria, the organisation
said it partnered practical sampling international for the survey where it was able
to use 1,600 people for sampling from April 26 to May 10, 2017.
Accordingly, findings  showed that the police topped the list of most
corrupt institutions in the country at (69) per cent, followed members of the
parliaments and local government officials (55)
Others
were government officials (54), judges and magistrates (51), business
executives (44), presidency (43), non-governmental organizations (40),
traditional leaders (35) and religious leaders (20).
The
survey indicated that 47 per cent public service users had paid a bribe to the
police in the previous 12 months, while 44 per cent had contributed to overall
bribery rate in that period.
Others
were IDs (38), utilities (34), public schools (32), public clinics and health
centres (20).
Asked
if the government was doing a good or bad job of fighting corruption, 59 per
cent indicated ‘good’, 40 per cent said ‘bad’ and one per cent said ‘don’t
know.’
On
whether ordinary people could make a difference in the fight against
corruption, 54 per cent said ‘yes’, 41 per cent said ‘no’, four per cent said
‘neither yes nor no’, and one per cent did not know or refused to answer.
The
survey added that 43 per cent thought corruption increased in the previous 12
months.
TI
said, “Corruption is a major barrier to economic growth, good governance and
basic freedoms, such as freedom of speech or citizens’ right to hold
governments to account. More than this, corruption affects the wellbeing of
individuals, families and communities.
 “The 10th edition of the Global Corruption
Barometer (GCB) – Africa reveals that, while most people in Africa feel
corruption increased in their country, a majority also feel optimistic that
they, as citizens, can make a difference in the fight against corruption.
“The
report also found more than one in four people who accessed public services,
such as health care and education, paid a bribe in the previous year. This is
equivalent to approximately 130 million citizens in the 35 countries surveyed.”
According
to TI, the survey is the largest, most detailed survey of citizens’ views on
corruption and their direct experiences of bribery in Africa, incorporating the
views of more than 47,000 citizens from 35 countries across Africa.”

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