NOA DG SAYS TRANSPARENCY INTERNATIONAL RATING OF NIGERIA IS INACCURATE
The Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri has described as inaccurate the recent rating of Nigeria as the 35th most corrupt country in the world by Transparency international, saying the activities of a few individuals cannot be used as a general phenomenon of the country.
He spoke yesterday in his office in Abuja while receiving in audience a delegation from the Coalition of Civil Society Groups for Transparency and Good Governance led by its president Alhaji Ali Abacha.
According to the DG, “the rating by transparency International is based on perception and we know that perception is not reality. Most of what you hear about us is the problem of a few individuals. There are so many good people, good acts that are being done here in Nigeria that should define our rating”.
He challenged Transparency International to come to NOA or other agencies of government where good things continue to happen and report on the good governance initiatives which are being implemented by the Jonathan Administration.
The Director General said the Agency had already established a special task force on anti corruption education to keep a record of the few events and the good indicators of government in various fields.
He however said government agencies should prove the inaccuracy of the report by always doing the right thing and supervising subordinates in such a way to increase productivity and value based operations in their organizations.
He also admonished religious and traditional institutions to scrutinize those invested with honours int eh society such people may serve as bad examples for younger people in the country.
Earlier, the group’s chairman said the visit was to seek ways of collaboration between the Agency and the group in pursuit of transparency and accountability.