By Clifford Ndujihe, Deputy Political Editor
LAGOS—AMID declining socio-economic indices, Nigeria is recording a mileage in unexpected quarters. It is the 44th most corrupt country in the globe, according to the 2010 Corruption Perception Index, CPI mid-wived by the Transparency International, TI.

The report showed that governments across the world still have a handful combatting graft, which is hampering efforts to tackle the world’s most pressing problems such as instability of financial markets to climate change and poverty.

The 2010 CPI shows that nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index scored below five, on a scale of 10 (highly clean) and 0 (highly corrupt).

Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore are tied at the top of the list with a score of 9.3, followed closely by Finland and Sweden at 9.2. Bringing up the rear is Somalia with a score of 1.1, slightly trailing Myanmar and Afghanistan at 1.4 and Iraq at 1.5.

With a score of 2.4, Nigeria was 134 on the list of 178 countries, that is 44th. She is 28 in Africa and shares the 44th spot with Sierra Leone, Togo, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh, Phillippines, Honduras, Azerbaijan and Ukraine.

To address these challenges, governments need to integrate anti_corruption measures in all spheres, from their responses to the financial crisis and climate change to commitments by the international community to eradicate poverty.

Transparency International advocates stricter implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, the only global initiative that provides a framework for putting an end to corruption.

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