The Programmes Manager of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, Mary Addah, has asked the government to take additional measures to combat corruption in Ghana.
Speaking to Citi News, Mrs Addah noted that agencies mandated to fight corruption in the country are under-resourced and needed to be better funded to curb the growing menace in Ghana.
“The areas of investigation, prosecutions and sanctions are lacking. If the CHRAJs of our time, the FICs, the EOCOs are well resourced and granted the needed independence without any strings being pulled from behind, I am very sure this fight we are fighting we will do a lot.â€
Her comment comes as a response to the Afrobarometer study undertaken by the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana).
The recent Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency InternationalÂ showed that Ghana has failed to make significant progress in its fight against corruption.
Between 2020 and 2021, Ghana maintained its score of 43, which is still below the average, with countries scoring higher viewed as less corrupt and those with the least scores being more corrupt.
Among 23 other institutions sampled, top state institution such as the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service Officers and GRA customs officers were ranked as the most corrupt institutions in Ghana.
Mary Addah noted that Ghana has a long way to go in the fight against corruption.
She mentioned that even though government has established the Office of the Special Prosecutor,Â â€œwe know for a fact that this institution has not been resourced as it should, to operate at its optimum, so we want to see that happen.â€
Mrs. Addah further stressed that the buck stops with the President in the fight against corruption.
She urged President Akufo-Addo to set a better example and exhibit zero tolerance.
â€œWe want to see the president showing by exampleâ€¦ by taking out people who are cited for certain infractions.â€
â€œWhat he did for the [Public Procurement Authority] CEO, he should do the same for others who are cited [for corruption]. He shouldnâ€™t let others be seen as untouchable.â€
Source: The Independent Ghana