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General News of Friday, 23 September 2016

Source: citifmonline.com

Ghana losing fight against corruption – Think tank

A US-based think tank, Heritage Foundation has revealed that Ghana has consistently performed poorly in the fight against corruption since 1995.

The Heritage Foundation in its 2016 economic freedom index observed that although Ghana had made significant progress in areas such as rule of law, the country was still struggling with the fight against corruption.

Presenting the findings at the Institute of Economic Affairs Research in Accra on Thursday, a research fellow at Heritage Foundation, James Robert said the international business world was doing its part to ensure corrupt practices are not rewarded but Ghanaians need to increase efforts locally to fight corruption. He said the local people need to take control of the situation and address it appropriately.

James Robert called on Ghanaians to increase conversation around corruption to create awareness and also improve upon the sitation. ‘Ghana is 63rd most corrupt country’ In 2013, Ghana was ranked 63rd out of 177 countries surveyed in the year’s global corruption perception index (CPI).

The index released yesterday by Transparency International, the country scored 46 out of 100 on the scale from zero to 100. Ghana was ranked 64th out of 174 countries surveyed in 2012 and 69th in 2011 in the CPI.

‘Ghana must take corruption ranking seriously’ The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the local chapter of Transparency International has counseled government to take seriously the nation’s ranking on the global Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).

Ghana moved two places from 63rd in 2013 to 61st in 2014 out of the 175 countries which were surveyed worldwide. Despite this marginal improvement in the 2014 ranking, the GII is of the view that the nation must not rest until corruption is drastically reduced or eradicated if possible.