A new survey has rated government as the least trusted institution in Nigeria, Thecable learnt.

The survey was conducted by Edelman Intelligence, the independent research arm of the Edelman global network which tests how well people trust the four critical institutions of the society to do what is right.

The four institutions were identified as government, business, media and non-governmental organisations.

The results of the survey is contained in the 20th Edelman Trust Barometer Survey Report, presented virtually by Jordan Rittenberry, chief executive officer of Edelman Africa, on Tuesday.

It said the government remains the least trusted with Nigerians having no confidence in the ability of current leaders to address the country’s challenges successfully.

Trust in chief executive officers of businesses as positive change agents rose while trust in NGOs and the media also increased, according to the supplementary data for Nigeria.

Although the degree of trust across the four institutions in the country increased compared to 2019, business still led with 91 percent, followed by NGOs with 87 percent, media with 84 percent then government with 55 percent.

Among the all-female panel that analysed the survey are Maryam Uwais, special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on social protection; Folashade Ambrose Medebem, director, public Affairs, Lafarge Plc; Stella Din Jacobs, director of News, TVC; and Yemi Adamolekun, the convener, Enough is Enough.

The panelists discussed the survey report and its implications for their respective constituencies and Nigeria at large, in line with the theme, “Competence and Ethics.”

Uwais said there is a high level of cynicism and skepticism among government officials.


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