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Ghanaians heartbroken-Afrobarometer report


CDDThe latest Afrobarometer, report has noted that Ghanaians are dissatisfied with services delivered in the fields of electricity, healthcare, education, water and sanitation, sewage and road maintenance.

The sixth edition of the survey was conducted Afrobarometer, a research network institution in conjunction with Centre for Democratic Development, a think tank, on Ghanaians evaluation of public service delivery in the country.

The survey conducted in Ghana and 34 other African countries was aimed at appropriately checking opinions regarding how government services are delivered as well the integrity of public administration.

Mr Isaac Ofosu Debrah, Assistant Project Manager for Anglophone West Africa in the presentation of the findings revealed that 75 per cent of Ghanaians assessed government as having performed very badly in providing reliable electricity, 68 per cent thinks government has failed in maintaining roads and bridges, while 66 per cent thought sanitation services were poor.

He said 63 per cent were of the view that educational needs were not well attended to while 61 per cent were not happy about efforts to improve on basic health services in the country.

He said the most commonly found public services in the communities surveyed are cell phone networks, public schools, electricity grids and pipe water systems while the least common are post offices, police stations, tarred roads, health clinics and sewage.

Mr Debrah said these public services are much more available in the urban areas from a low of 89 per cent to a high of 100 per cent than in the rural localities which constitute a low of 47 per cent to a high of 87 per cent in the country.

He noted that some Ghanaians who accessed public services found it easy to do so, while others experience some difficulties to the extent of offering bribes while others did not.

He said people were divided on whether they were willing to pay higher taxes or user fees for services in the country.

Mr Debrah said in Western, Eastern, Ashanti, and Greater Accra Regions the negative performance assessment ratings for government?s service delivery of basic health services were higher than the national average.

He said comparing previous Afrobarometer surveys, the negative evaluations of the government?s performance in delivering these services had increased significantly, ranging from 28 per cent on water and sanitation to 59 per cent on reliable electricity.

Mr Debrah said Ghanaians are calling on government to prioritise the potential increase of educational and health facilities in the country.

Afrobarometer is an independent, non-partisan research project that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in Africa.


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