Written by Deji Elumoye
Nigeria’s recent poor rating in Transparency International’s (TI) anti-corruption campaign caught the attention of the federal government yesterday by breaking through the assessment, saying it was full of discrepancies, inaccurate data and indexes.
The National Contact for TI in Nigeria, the Center for Civil Society Legislation Advocacy (CISLAC), accused the current Nigerian government on Tuesday of not being transparent in its anti-corruption crusade and managing recovered assets.
But in a quick response, Information and Culture Minister Alhaji Lai Mohammed told reporters at the end of the weekly virtual meeting of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) stressed that TI has been using inaccurate indices to rate Nigeria over the past decade.
He said TI did not use the available data on various federal government reforms and other preventive steps, all of which focused on the success of the anti-corruption crusade.
According to him, the Nigerian once again looked at TI’s ratings and criticism at the expense of the administrative crusade and found that despite all the moves withdrawn over the years, the details of the international organization on its rating of Nigeria were consistent for 10 years.
The minister stressed that what TI has suppressed regarding the Nigerian Corruption Perceptions Index in recent years is not a real reflection of what exists, saying much has been done to change the impact of corruption in the country.
He expressed optimism that the results of various reforms and the federal government’s strenuous investment in the fight against corruption will soon begin to yield results and will be reflected in the country’s international rating.
Mohammed said: “In fact, we also analyzed the procedure used by TI in the recently used rating and found considerable discrepancies in the rating process, including some data sources where Nigeria’s exchange rate has remained unchanged over the last 10 years. ”
We have said that we take this assessment seriously; So, we actually analyzed the ratings and found that there were some gaps. Either we have not flooded enough data or we have not revised all the data because we found it strange that the country’s rating in certain areas has remained the same for 10 years and we are taking media measures to get this data for these sectors because we believe it is impossible not to improve, not to lose points for 10 years. So there is a bit of disagreement. “
Mohammed said it is also necessary to understand why this is happening, adding that the federal government is also looking at the robustness of its own methodology.
“Overall, we believe that overall, as our various business ease reforms and other preventative measures take effect, our rating by TI would improve significantly in the coming years. Yes, I think I am aware of that particular rating, which was not very flattering to Nigeria, but our position I stated earlier said that this rating does not reflect really big steps
made by the administration in the area of the fighting
“The government has introduced various reforms in the fight against corruption, but some of these reforms will take time to bring the desired results, because the matrix used by TI is not just about grafting,” he explained.