The Fight Against Corruption: Facts Ghanaians Overlook

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That the World Bank Enterprise Risk Survey, which was conducted from December 2012 through July 2014, in which 720 business owners and top managers of enterprises were surveyed, revealed that the capacity of Civil Society oversight against corruption is at risk in Ghana.

That Governmental and Civil Service Transparency is at high risk except that the index reduced from 71% to 68%.

Also in 2012 World Bank report on corruption for Ghana revealed that corruption is almost everywhere in the Ghanaian Society such that willingness to pay gift /bribe to be connected to electricity was as high as 32.8%, while a gift to get construction permit is 35% in Ghana.

Payment to get public officials to render a legitimate service is 24%.

Gift to secure contracts is reported to be 35.2% and above, a Sub Saharan African average.

Above all 43.5% of businesses in Ghana identify corruption as a major constraint.

Now conclude, is it alarming, and do you think we are making 1% effort to truly fight corruption, when anti Bribery laws and enforcement is considered to be at moderate risk?

By Dr.John Gatsi

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