Ghana Dropped In Transparency International’s Corruption Index

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Ghana dropped 11 places from the 2016 ranking to place 81 out of 180 countries in the 2017 Corruption Perception index.

This means that in 2017, the corruption perception was worse than it did in 2016.

The Index put together by Transparency International ranks countries annually by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.

Out of a total of 100 points, Ghana’s marked was 40, down from 43, which the country attained in the last index.

“We have the CPI for 2017 and Ghana performed not too good. Ghana actually dropped so far as our score is concerned. The most important thing on the CPI is the score and so on the scale of 0 to 100, Ghana scored 40 out of 100 points,” the Executive Director of the local chapter of Transparency International, Ghana Integrity Initiative, Linda Ofori Kwafo told Citi News.

The NPP government, which is only a year and a few months in office, has so far found itself in some cases of alleged corruption, with the major ones being the allegation of corruption against two deputy chiefs of staff, by musician and NPP sympathizer Kwame A-Plus, as well as the perceived corruption in the sale of contaminated fuel involving BOST.

There has also been perceived corruption in government’s handling of the Ameri Power Deal, in which the same firm that was being questioned over a supposed bloated contract, sponsored a committee from Ghana to Dubai to hold discussions with them.

Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, was also accused of cronyism by the minority in one of government’s bond issue, although CHRAJ cleared him of any conflict of interest position after an NDC member petitioned the state agency to investigate the deal.

Another major scandal, which many were unhappy with, was the allegations of corruption levelled against Boakye Agyarko, now Energy Minister during his vetting.

He was accused by some minority MPs of seeking to bribe them to enable him to sail through his vetting with ease. The matter was later investigated by parliament, but the accusers were supposedly unable to prove their claims.

The latest was the alleged cash-for-seat saga, where expatriates are alleged to have been made to pay huge sums of money to sit close to the President at the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards.

A bi-partisan committee set up in Parliament to investigate the matter has cleared all the stakeholders of any wrongdoing, but the minority members largely disagree with the outcome.

In the wake of all these reports, Nana Akufo-Addo has reiterated his commitment to fighting corruption and has thus appointed a known NDC member Martin Amidu as the country’s first Special Prosecutor to deal with corruption.

Source: Citi FM

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