On Joy FM's NewsFile, Samson Lardi hosted a panel to discuss corruption in the state. The panel had the likes of Kweku Baako, the Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper. Dr. Pumpuni of Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, a Civil Society Organisation was also present. The question for discussion was: Who fights Corruption Better, NPP or NDC?
To Dr. Pumpuni he stated that, both governments have failed woefully to fight corruption. "At the beginning of their governance, people have confidence in their fight but later along the line, people lose total confidence." he added. This was by the statistics of Afrobarometer. "The bodies tasked to fight corruption are rather those who are perceived to be corrupt."
The Afrobarometer statistics of the perception of government's fight against corruption (Corruption Perception Index- CPI) from 2012 to 2016 to be the best regime since 2002. This was fairly better than the NPP did from 2017 to 2019. The NDC recorded as high as 48 percent. Though not the best figure to boast of, Akufo-Addo's government did not have higher figures either.
Kweku Baako was of a view that he has been a student of such statistics and findings for long. As such, "The government must rather take the challenge and to make the perception go up." he advised. He went on to say that corruption perception under the government may become a reality if government does not punish offenders to ensure better perception and accountability.
Kweku advocated for more measures to be put in place in government agencies to ensure the constant and regular fight against corruption as he described the fight so far as totally ineffective. "It is the responsibility of the incumbent government to provide answers" he added
What do you make of the findings of Afrobarometer and the advise Kweku Baako has given? Comment below:
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