A joint report by the National Bureau of Statistics and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime say Nigeria lost about seven hundred billion naira to bribery in 2019.
The National Consultant of United Nations office on Drugs and Crime Dr. Isaac Adeniran told our correspondent at the sideline of an anti-corruption training organized in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, by the Human and Environmental Development Agenda HEDA, that Nigerians paid the sum of 675 billion naira as bribe to public officers in 2019.
The UNDOC consultant Dr Isaac Adeniran said the Police and the FRSC are the public sector that mostly collected these bribes.
The United Nations office on Drugs and Crime consultant Dr Isaac Adeniran said the amount paid in bribe by Nigerians to the public sector officials is almost the country’s budget in the Health sector in 2018 and zero point five two percent of the country’s GDP.
The UNDOC consultant Dr Isaac Adeniran however said despite the disturbing figures in bribes taken by public officials in 2019, the rate of crime has reduced from the figures in 2016.
Our correspondent Precious Ahiakwo reports that the summit continues in Uyo today with over 100 young people coming from the South South states of Nigeria with the aim of mapping out effective strategies of dealing with corruption by young people in the country.