Nigeria has dropped in the 2020 corruption ranking, just released by Transparency International (TI) on Thursday.
The country dropped three places and scored lower in number of points than in its previous year’s record, indicating that corruption is perceived to have worsened in the country within the last one year.
The fresh TI’s new Corruption Perception Index (CPI) says Nigeria scored 25/100 which is one point less than its 26 points in the previous year.
It says Nigeria is now 149 out of 180 countries, a record that is three steps lower than its rank of 146 in 2019.
In the 2018 index, Nigeria rose by four places on the index from 148 to 144.
The CPI assessed 180 countries on the basis of perceived corruption in the public sector and not based on opinions of experts and business people.
It assessed countries on a scale of 0 to 100, where 0 is “highly corrupt” and 100 is “very clean”.
According to the latest report, Denmark and New Zealand with 88 points each, are the least perceived corrupt countries, followed by Finland, Singapore and Sweden and Switzerland scoring 85 points each.