Nigeria has been ranked as 136 on the list of world's least corrupt countries in the year 2015.According to Transparency International's corruption perceptions index, Nigeria's rating is a far cry from the top ten in the world as is being speculated in some quarters.Denmark, the rating revealed, tops the perceptions index for the second consecutive year but more countries are improving than worsening even as the United States and United Kingdom reached their highest rankings ever.The list released on Wednesday, January, 2016, showed that Denmark scored 91 points out of a possible 100 while North Korea and Somalia remainedat the bottom with unchanged scores of 8.Nigeria's rating is expected to be on the rise following the recent corruption bedeviling the $2.1 billion arms deal scandal for which Sambo Dasuki, former National Security Adviser (NSA); Olisa Metuh national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), among other top dogs in thecountry are presently being probed.But the report shows that the country may have stepped up in its corruption tag as President Muhammadu Buhari insists on fishing out every corrupt public officer, whether serving or out of service.The index is based on expert opinions of public sector corruption, with a focus on certain factors like whether governmental leaders are held to account for or go unpunished for corruption.Nigeria's rating on the list of least corrupt countriesof the world.Other perimeters considered include the perceived prevalence of bribery and if public institutions respond to citizens' needs.Transparency said there was still a lot of room for improvement in Europe and Central Asia, which is seen as one region.It said: "In low-scorers Hungary, Poland and Turkey, politicians and their cronies are increasingly hijacking state institutions to shore up power."It's even grimmer further down the index. In Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Uzbekistan and others, governments are restricting, if not totally stifling, civil society and free media."Check out the index of the least and most corrupt countries below:The ranking of the least corrupt countries in the world.Nigeria's rating on the corrupt countries' list.
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Spotted your school yet?
Proud of where she's sitting on the log?
Have you checked your computer today?
Have you used the internet, or launched a search via www.google.com?
Did you notice anything strange?
Moving apes replaced the "oo" isn't it?
Wondered what the new Google logo is about? Then let's find out.
Finally, ministers have taken their oaths of office in my country Nigeria. Perhaps there were surprises, perhaps there were not, but a few Nigerians got their speculations right.
Today I watched the President call out names of ministers designate, with their offices one after the other from the 1st to the 36th.
Like in previous successive administration, some he called Ministers, some he called Minister of State or State Ministers. A larger chunk of the populace only have an idea as to who a Minister of State is, but not an exact knowledge.
Who is a Minister of State?
A Minister of State reports to the Cabinet Minister. To be precise, he/she is the junior member who works in close coordination with a Union Minister to help the latter in meeting national goals pertaining to that Ministry. It is incumbent upon a State Minister to deal with issues of the ministry under the aegis of the Union Minister.
Who is a Cabinet Minister?
A Cabinet minister or Union minister is the person who commands utmost authority of the concerned ministry. He/she is appointed by the President .A Cabinet Minister is treated as the head of a particular ministry such as Education, Health, Home, Foreign, etc.
Every Cabinet Minister has the power to take independent decisions pertaining to his/her ministry. The PM can advise them on policies and convene cabinet meetings to assess progress and status of relevant administrative functions.
Minister of State with Independent Charge
Sometimes a State Minister is given independent charge of ministries, which don't have a Cabinet Minister to oversee the operations.
It is to be understood that the power of the Minister of State is confined to the particular region, and it is his responsibility to take care of the state-centric functioning of a ministry. The Union Cabinet minister comes into picture when a bigger policy decision needs to be taken. Moreover, the President may not always call all State Ministers to discuss issues, but only the Cabinet Minister.
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