NBS to Conduct Survey on Impact of Corruption on Nigerians


James Emejo in Abuja
The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has said it has commenced a collaborative initiative with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the European Union to conduct a national survey on the quality and integrity of public services in the country.

The study will largely seek to collect evidence-based data on the different forms of corruption affecting the lives of the average Nigerian citizen.

Among other things, it would also attempt to establish the direct experiences of corrupt events as victims by citizens, gauge opinions and perceptions of citizens about recent trends, as well as patterns and policies on corruption.

Its objective would also be to assess the experience of reporting corruption and other crimes on public authorities, as well as access to justice, NBS said in a statement yesterday.
According to the NBS, 36 states of the federation, including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) will be covered in the survey.

It explained that NBS interviewers would visit 33,300 households from April 30 to May 19, 2016 to solicit for information during the survey.
It sought the cooperation of respondents in volunteering accurate information to interviewers during the data collection exercise, adding that their cooperation would determine the success of the exercise.

The survey is a follow-up to a pilot survey previously conducted on the same issue in Delta, Oyo, Katsina and Kwara States.