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    Global Report X-rays Corruption in Nigeria
    By Etim Imisim

    This Day News, Nigeria

    Transparency International (TI) will on Thursday, March 25 launch its
    "Global Corruption Report 2004" at Terrace Court in London.

    Global anti-corruption watchdog TI is also presenting its National
    Integrity Index (NIS), which will x-ray and probe governance issues in
    Nigeria and 24 other countries. The second in the series of country
    studies, the NIS covers 2002-4. The focus is political corruption.

    Other countries covered are Armenia, Australia, Bangladesh, India,
    Jamaica, Kenya, Malawi, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique and New
    Zealand. Other are Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, South
    Africa, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, The Gambia, Uganda, United Kingdom,
    Zambia and Zimbabwe. A composite study is being done of the Caribbean.

    The Dutch government funded the first series of TI NIS country
    studies, which focused on 2001. TI worked then with the Fraud
    Management Studies Unit of the University of Teesside, Liverpool. The
    subsequent series of 25 country studies is being funded by the British
    Government's Department For International Development.

    TI's previous country probes have never been flattering to
    Nigeria. The last ratings and earlier ones declared the country the
    second most corrupt nation on Planet Earth, which the authorities

    But last week visiting World Bank President, James Wolfensohn, cited
    TI's Nigerian corruption score when he indicted the nation for doing
    too little to fight corruption.

    The bank holds corruption responsible for political instability. It
    believes no meaningful development is possible in a country where
    corruption is as pervasive as it says it has discovered in Nigeria.