The latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) report released by Transparency International, has seen Ghana score just 41 points out of a 100, indicating a high level of perceived corruption among public officials.
A statement by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), a local chapter of Transparency International said Ghana, in 2018, scored the same points, an indication of non-improvement in the fight against corruption in the public sector.
The anti-graft agency in the statement made some recommendations to the Akufo-Addo-led government in addressing the canker.
The group recommended that government takes a critical look at elements that promote public sector corruption including patronage, clientelism, nepotism and suspiciously close ties between politics and business.
Ghana in the Sub-Saharan region tied with West African counterpart Benin, ranking 10th, and 80th out of 180 countries assessed.
The CPI draws on 13 surveys and expert assessments to measure public sector corruption giving each country a score from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
CPI 2019 focuses on political integrity and highlights the relationship between politics, money and corruption.
By political integrity, Transparency International imply the quality of: (a) contesting and exercising power (political/public office) and consistently acting in the public interest, and (b) providing equal, open and meaningful access to the affected stakeholders before arriving at decisions.
In 2019’s index, Denmark and New Zealand topped with 87 points each. Syria, South Sudan and Somalia were at the bottom of the index with 13, 12 and 9 points respectively.