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General News of Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Source: Kasapa FM

Fight against corruption meaningless without RTI bill – IEA

“The crusade against corruption will actually go into high gear if we make information available… we need to get that [the RTI bill], Senior Adjunct Fellow at the IEA, Professor Atsu Ayee, has said.

He feels the immediate passage of the RTI Bill is the way to go in tackling corruption head on in the country.

Prof. Aryee made the remarks while presenting a report on the findings of a survey on the root causes of corruption in Ghana at a round table discussion this morning, put together by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA).

The survey suggests that the high clamor for quick riches, greed and selfishness as well as low salaries, are among the top three root causes of corruption in Ghana.

It also states that Ghanaians mainly pay bribes either to avoid official payments, or to be treated fairly, or as an obligatory payment to supervisors.

About 90% of Ghanaians believe that corruption is very high in Ghana, Prof Aryee noted in his remarks.

But Prof. Aryee said that “If we get that(RTI), it will be easier for us even to question about how do they get money? How do they build a house, etc?”

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