By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Residents across 255 political wards of Kaduna State have rated the Nigerian Police as the most corrupt institution followed by political parties in Kaduna State.
The people also perceived the executive, legislators and judiciary as the 3rd, 4th and 5th most corrupt institutions respectively in the state.
This was revealed in Kaduna on Monday during the presentation of Open Government Partnership (OGP) Baseline Report and Corruption Perception Survey for validation, as part of activity to mark the 2019 International Anti-corruption Day.
The survey was conducted by Aid Foundation and Kaduna State Bureau of Statistics, with support from Action Aid.
The Executive Director of Aid Foundation, Mr Emmanuel Bonet, explained that the corruption perception survey was an annual event to assess citizens’ perception and opinion around public sector corruption.
Bonet said that the survey began since 1995 by Transparency International, adding, however, that this was the first time the survey was conducted in Kaduna state.
He explained that a total of 2,300 households across the 255 wards in the state were sampled and 2,249 participated, representing 97.9 per cent response rate.
“Interestingly, the survey showed that many people perceived police to be the most corrupt institutions in Kaduna State, followed by Political parties, then executive, the legislature and judiciary.
“The survey shows that nine out of every individual in Kaduna State perceived corruption as a major issue in Kaduna State.
“Also, 46.2 per cent of the people believed that “greed” is the major cause of corruption in the state.
“Some 27.3 per cent identified poverty as the cause of corruption in the State, while 25.8 per cent attribute corruption to unemployment,” he said.
He said that the findings would be communicated to the public in different languages for the people to understand as part of effort to mobilise residents toward eliminating corruption in communities.
“Apart from that, students of Kaduna State University, Kaduna Polytechnic and Anti-corruption Community Development Service of the National Youths Service Corps compete in suggesting ways to tackle corruption in our society.
“So, part of what we will be doing in 2020 is to look at the suggestions by the citizens and different stakeholders and see how together, we will eliminate corruption in our dears state,” he added.
Bonet added that the survey equally shows that 96 per cent of citizens in the state had no idea about OGP, designed to entrenched transparency, accountability and citizens engagement in governance.
Also speaking, Mr Iyegbu Innocent of KDBS, explained that Electronic Data Collection was used in the survey, while questionnaires were prepared electronically and sent to the KDBS server using ODKCollect APP.