Ghana, in the latest corruption perception index (CPI), is ranked 73 out of 180 countries, scoring 43 out of a possible clean score of 100. Denmark, Finland and New Zealand topped the CPI rankings for 2021, each of the three countries scored 88 points.
In the latest rankings, Seychelles scored 70, Botswana scored 55, Eswatini, 32, Niger, 31, Nigeria, 24, Comoros, 20, Senegal, 43, Ethiopia, 39, Cote d’ Ivoire, 36 and Angola, 29.
Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), which is Ghana’s Chapter of Transparency International, says the country did not make progress in the fight against corruption, last year, as it’s score remained the same as it received, in the year 2020.
To enable the country to make significant progress in its anti-corruption drive, the GII is urging the enhancement of institutional checks on power.
It says the anti-corruption agencies must operate independently – there should not be any influence from anywhere.
Additionally, the anti-corruption agencies must be well-resourced, to enable them to properly and thoroughly investigate and to sanction corruption in good time.
It underlined the need to ensure that budgets allocated to these agencies are fully disbursed.
The GII also called for the empowerment of the people to demand accountability - hold public officials to account.
Parliament and the courts must also stay vigilant to prevent executive overreach. It asked that corrupt officials must be punished to serve as a deterrent to others.
There should be strong commitment to sanctioning political corruption.
The government and the state-anti-corruption bodies must do more to make a disincentive.
It wants parliament to amend Act 574 to include not only the disclosure of funding sources for candidates contesting presidential and parliamentary elections but also a ceiling on how much can be raised and spent by the candidates.
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