Ghana scored 41 points out of 100 on the 2019 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International.
With the history of the Corruption Perception Index, Ghana in 2010 scored 41 points and moved down to 39 points in 2011 and in 2012, it climbed to 45 points and 46 points in 2013. Ghana recorded high with 48 points and dropped to 47 points in 2015. Ghana’s performance in 2016 dropped drastically to 43 points and further dropped to 40 points in 2017 but it climbed again to 41 points in 2018 and maintained the same points in 2019.
The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks countries and territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be. A country or territory’s score indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
According to the 2019 Global Corruption Barometer, the majority of Ghanaians still perceive the Police Service as the most corrupt institution.
The report reveals that as many as 59 percents of Ghanaians feel the police service is the most corrupt.
This is followed by judges and magistrates who are seen as the second most corrupt institution by 38 percent of Ghanaians.
The 2019 corruption perception survey by the Afrobarometer is reminiscent of 2015 figures. In 2015, 64 percent of Ghanaians thought the police were the most corrupt but the figure dropped to 59 percent in 2018.
The survey was executed by Afrobarometer in 34 countries and covered 47,105 adults between 2016 and 2018.
Sixty percent of Ghanaians feel the Akufo-Addo administration is doing a good job of fighting corruption, a massive jump from four years ago, where only 25 percent of Ghanaians felt the government at the time was putting up a good fight against corruption.
Thirty-three percent of Ghanaians said corruption has increased in the last 12 months while 36 percent say corruption has decreased in the last 12 months.
The report was launched by the Ghana Integrity Initiative on Thursday where it urged the government to adequately resource key anti-corruption institutions.
But commenting on the current report of the Corruption Perception Index and that of Global Corruption Barometer, the Ofoase-Ayirebi lawmaker on Okay FM’s Ade Akye Abia Morning Show said both reports indicate that Ghana is scoring better in the fight against corruption.
“Both Corruption Perception Index and the Global Corruption Barometer reports show clearly that Ghana is scoring better in the fight against corruption except those who did not read the reports”, he indicated.
He, however, revealed that the Akufo-Addo government will continue to empower the various institutions to effectively deal with corruption just as former President Obama suggested to the country to strengthen institutions; thus President Akufo-Addo is building strong institutions in order to fight corruption.