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Nigeria Ranks Poorly In Corruption Perceptions Index - 2002-08-28

The group Transparency International has released its annual “Corruption Perceptions Index,” or CPI. And once again, Nigeria is listed as one of the worst of the 102 countries listed. Nigeria is second to last, with Bangladesh at the bottom of the survey. Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo is a co-founder of Transparency International, and the group supports his anti-corruption efforts. But it says it may take years before a definite decline in the problem is perceived there.

Kenya, Uganda and Cameroon have also received poor ratings. The group says the CPI ranks countries according to how much corruption is perceived to exist among public officials and politicians.

Finland received the best rating. Jeff Lovit, head of public relations for TI, says Scandinavian countries generally do very well in the survey. He says it may be due to their high level of commitment to freedom of information.

Mr. Lovit spoke with English to Africa reporter Joe De Capua. Click the above links to listen to the interview.