44% of Nigerian Public Service Users Paid a Bribe in the Last 12 Months: Transparency Intl

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 13 – Global corruption watchdog, Transparency International has revealed that 44 per cent of Nigerian Public Service users paid a bribe in the last 12 months.

This was contained in the Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer(GCB) for Africa in 2019. The report gathers the voices of 47,000+ African citizens from 35 countries across Africa on how they experience corruption in their daily lives. It was published on Thursday, July 11.

The report also shows that 43 per cent of Nigerians think corruption has increased in the last 12 months and 40 per cent think their government is doing a bad job of tackling corruption.

Conducted in partnership with Afrobarometer and Omega Research, the GCB is the largest, most detailed survey of citizens’ views on corruption and their direct experiences of bribery in Africa.

The GCB indicates that African citizens think the police is the most corrupt institution, with 47 per cent of people believing that most or all police are corrupt.

Unsurprisingly, police also consistently earn the highest bribery rate across Africa. Other public services like utilities, including electricity and water, and identification documents, including licenses and passports, also have high bribery rates.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has the highest bribery rates in Africa while Mauritius has the lowest.

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