Nigerians spent N700Bn on bribery in 2019 – NBS, UN


* As young people plot way forward in Uyo

By Gladys Nweke

A joint report by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime says Nigerians spent about N700Bn 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 N67Bn 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 consultant 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 0.52 per cent of the country’s GDP.

He 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 reports that the summit continues in Uyo on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 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.