Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, the Government Statistician, has advised field officers of the maiden survey on Integrity of Public Services to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
He urged the officers to be ethical, sensitive and skillful in performing their work, saying, “let passion, psychology and preparedness embody your work.”
He gave the advice on at the training of field officers and launch of the Ghana Integrity of Public Services survey in Accra, slated to begin on December 12, 2021 and end on January 15, 2022.
Over 130 personnel made up of supervisors and field officers were expected to interview 15,000 respondents nationwide for the exercise.
Mr Richard Quayson, the Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, administered the oath of secrecy for the trainees in accordance with the Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act 1003) that requires that all data provided by respondents be preserved confidential.
The Survey is a collaborative exercise between the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and the Commission for Human Rights, funded by the German government through the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.
It is on the theme: “Building a Culture of Integrity for Generations.”
Prof Annim urged the officers to adhere to the United Nations principles of quality statistics which include relevance, impartiality and equal access, professional standards and ethics, and accountability and transparency.
Some of the data to be collected from the survey, Prof Annim said include dominant challenges in the country, incidence, frequency and characterization of bribery and corruption in both public and private services, awareness and effectiveness of Anti-Corruption Agencies, crime, feelings of security and access to justice, and gender and sexual dimensions.
He said the Survey would provide internationally comparable measures of corruption and support the implementation of policies to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 16.5-substantially reduce corruption and bribery in all forms.
Prof Annim highlighted the importance of the survey, its responsiveness to international demands and its complementarity to previous surveys conducted by the Service for data benchmark.
“The data generated will provide insight into analyzing and understanding corruption and the results will guide evidence-based policymaking and planning,” he said.
He cited evidence from previous surveys such as the Ghana Living Standard Survey seven – module on Governance, Peace and Security which indicated about three in 10 representing 28.2 per cent of respondents had experienced in at least half of their engagement with public official the payment of unauthorized money for delivery of service, ranging from 51.6 per cent in the Central Region to 11.5 per cent in the Volta Region.
The Government Statistician cautioned the officers about the checks and balances put in place to ensure that quality data was generated from the exercise.
Mr Quayson said the survey underscored the importance of collecting data on corruption and the need to establish the reality behind the perceptions of corruption in the country.
The Survey is in accordance with the mandates of the GSS to provide comprehensive, reliable, quality, relevant, accurate and timely statistical information to guide national development as stipulated in Section 3 of the Statistical Service Act, 2019 (Act 1003).