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General News of Sunday, 25 September 2016


NPP rates Mahama ‘F’ in fight against corruption

President Mahama has been rated ‘F’ in his attempts at fighting corruption in the country by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

A US-based policy think tank, The Heritage Foundation in its 2016 economic freedom index, earlier 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.

Speaking on the findings, Manager of the Nana Addo 2016 Campaign, Peter Mac Manu, told Citi News’ Sixtus Dong Ullo that President Mahama has to do more to fight the canker.

“I think that as a Ghanaian my level of living is going down so if you tell me that we are above Ivory Coast and Ivory Coast having come out of war , their level of living is getting better that is the issue. Everybody wants to live a better life. It is not the indexes we are talking about.I think President’s Mahama’s rating in the fight of corruption is F.”

Fight against corruption is a process

But a leading member of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), E. T. Mensah in a rebuttal indicated that the fight against corruption cannot be easily won.

The Ningo-Pramprah Member of Parliament believes it will require a collective effort from all to fight the canker

“The fight against corruption is a process, it is not an event. It started from somewhere and it is still going on and governments have come and governments will go and come and this will continue. Like President Kufuor said sometime ago. Corruption days from Adam so for me like President said sometime ago, corruption days from Adam. We just need to ensure that all of us fight corruption at all levels and we should see it as a process and not an event.”

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 by Transparency International, said 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 had 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.